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EEF launches webinar series to develop future manufacturing workforce and leaders

Manufacturing companies are being offered expert advice on developing their future workforce talent and leadership through a webinar series as part of the MakeGreat campaign organised by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The webinars, delivered by EEF experts, will offer advice on those looking to progress their own career, those looking to progress successful leaders with their business, or companies looking to develop the right skills for greater productivity.  They will be held through June, July and August and will cover:

·       Achieving career progression success

·       Developing future leaders

·       Managing performance, the good, the bad and the ugly

According to a recent survey published by EEF, improving management and leadership skills is one of the key areas where businesses need to develop to improve their own performance, as well as improving the productivity performance of the overall economy. And the survey shows such skills are in huge demand with three fifths (59 per cent) of manufacturers saying the priority for growth is people management and leadership.

Furthermore, the survey shows, whilst 85 per cent of HR professionals believe that their firm’s managers are good in functional day-to-day work, they don’t lead as part of their role.

In addition, just 15 per cent say that there is strong leadership at every level of the organisation with managers creating a sense of purpose and direction for their team, while almost half (46 per cent) believe their managers don’t make good role models and 56 per cent say managers are unable to recognise the need for change.

The survey also shows that over a third of HR professionals (34 per cent) say that managing effectively and motivating people continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing managers.

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