An engineering community for Norfolk and Suffolk to promote the opportunities in the sector was one of the items discussed by representatives of 20 manufacturing companies who recently visited Warren Services in Thetford.
The event was part of a national programme of factory tours and round table debates organised by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult to showcase opportunities in digital technology available to engineering businesses.
It was also a forum to promote closer links between manufacturing and training with the idea proposed that West Suffolk College could become a regional ‘spoke’ for the catapult’s hub.
Former chairman of Warren Services and New Anglia LEP board member, Richard Bridgman, showed guests round the company’s factories and they also visited neaby Vanilla Electronics.
Mr Bridgman is a passionate advocate of promoting engineering to young people and providing them with a pathway into engineering careers.
Warren chairman, Will Bridgman, spoke about the commitment to the Five Per Cent Club whereby a business commits to having at least five per cent of employees made up from apprentices or graduates.
He said: “We see great value in this approach so we have got to sell our business to people in the local area, as we simply can’t go across the country to recruit new talent, we must inspire people to come to us.”