Mike Evans appointed chairman of the Mechanical and Electrical Industry Sector Group Led by Semta

Mike Evans appointed chairman of the Mechanical and Electrical Industry Sector Group Led by Semta

Welsh businessman Mike Evans is to chair a group tasked with developing and delivering the strategy for two of the UK’s most important industry sectors.

Mike Evans was appointed by employers as chairman of the Mechanical and Electrical Industry Sector Group (ISG) that is led by Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing.

Mr Evans, who is owner and managing director of SME company EBS Automation Ltd based in Llanelli, South Wales, heads an ISG with representatives of employers throughout the UK tasked to draw up and deliver plans for businesses to survive and thrive in the face of competition from Europe, the US and emerging nations such as China, Russia and Brazil.

Membership also includes professional and trade associations, trades unions, government and other stakeholder representatives, to ensure that they truly represent the interests of the entire sector and all employers – large, medium and small.

Mr Evans said:” I am delighted to take the role of chairman for the Semta Mechanical and Electrical Industry Sector Group and hope to bring my experience and knowledge to further enhance training and skills in our manufacturing industry.

“The country has a great manufacturing base and its abilities should not be under-estimated.”

The Mechanical and Electrical sectors employ almost 348,000 people in 18,000 businesses in the UK. Semta research has identified the need for an additional 42,000 employees by 2016 just to cover retirements.

EBS Automation Ltd designs and manufactures bespoke automated systems, special purpose machines and leak testing systems for multi-national companies in the automotive, pharmaceutical, industrial and life sciences market.

It currently employs 25 people and has a £2m turnover and is growing.

Lynn Tomkins, UK Operations Director for Semta said: “Industry Sector Groups help Semta identify the critical issues that impact on competitiveness and inform government policy.

“Membership is also a great way to network with like-minded people, share good practice and keep abreast of sector skills issues.

“Mike is passionate about training and education in engineering and we are delighted he has agreed to chair the Semta Mechanical and Electrical ISG, covering two such important sectors in the UK economy.”

To find out more or how to join the group please visit www.semta.org.uk or call Customer Services on 0845 643 9001.

Semta

Semta is the employer-led Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies in the UK.  The sectors it represents are:  Aerospace, Automotive, Composites, Electrical, Electronics, Maintenance, Marine, Mathematics, Mechanical, Metals and Engineered Metal Products, Renewables and Science.  Its role is to raise skills levels and competitiveness in the 132,000 companies and 1.7 million-strong workforce that make up these sectors. Its National Skills Academy for Manufacturing delivers an independent national standard for manufacturing training content, delivery and process by focusing on business return which is typically 6:1.

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