Paul Edwards, Pentagon Plastics

Manufacturing Forum – Sussex Chamber of Commerce

On 31st May our MD, Paul Edwards was delighted to attend the Sussex Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Forum. The members’ event was held at UTC @ Harbourside who work with 14-18-year-olds to achieve qualifications, skills, and experience to succeed in STEM subjects. They also provide huge support to students working towards job skills, university placement, and employed apprenticeships.

Paul Edwards, Pentagon Plastics

The first speaker at the breakfast event was Robin Simpson of Economic Growth Solutions. Providing information on funding of £1000-£2000 for SME’s who are taking on business improvement projects with outsourced services. Although there are applicable criteria that must be met if you are a business in East Sussex, Essex or Kent this funding is within reach.

Next to speak was Robert Clubb of East Sussex County Council. Robert was nothing short of passionate and quite inspirational in his approach to the virtues of it being The Year of the Engineer. Drawing on his own experience of engineering he spoke of the need to bring young people into the industry to be the engineers of tomorrow. Something that we here at Pentagon feel passionately about and work to encourage in our own way.

Facilities tour and discussion

Rounding off the morning’s event on behalf of UTC @ Harbourside and joining in the debate on the part education must play was Rob Reed of UTC @ Harbourside. Rob also provided an insightful tour of the excellent facilities and how they work with young people.

With the current skills gap that the engineering sector faces the good work of UTC @ Harbourside as a specialist STEM centre brings confidence that there will be a larger resource of available engineering skills in the future.

Our support of the industry

Encouraging and supporting young people in the very industry that puts the great in Great Briton! We’ve recently welcomed students from Brighton University, which we wrote about here, and earlier in the year we took on our first apprentice in our toolroom, an exciting chapter in our story.