EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that Ian Malcolm, Managing Director of ElringKlinger (GB) in Redcar, Cleveland, is to be the new chair of its North East Skills Group. Ian takes over the helm from Mike Jones, previously HR Director at Siemens, who has chaired the group since its inception 5 years ago.
The group was established in 2010 in a bid to begin tackling skills shortages facing manufacturers and engineers in the North East. EEF took the step after recognising that skills challenges had become business critical, impacting on growth and employment in the region.
Ian will be taking this work forward, stepping into the role with a wealth of experience in both the sector and the skills challenges it faces. Ian joined ElringKlinger (GB) in 1995 as Financial Controller, stepping up to MD in 2002. He is currently deputy Chair of the NEAA Skills Group and sits on the Advisory Board of Teesside University School of Science and Engineering as well as the STEM Advisory Board at Middlesbrough College. Ian also works with Primary Engineer at the Federation of Abbey Schools in Darlington.
Ian’s strong track record and expertise will enable the group to build on previous successes. These include bringing the Primary Engineer Programme to the North East, where it now works with 90 Primary Schools in the region to inspire the next generation of engineers, and being endorsed by Professor John Perkins, who led the Government’s Perkins review of engineering skills. He gave the group’s activities his seal of approval during a recent visit, after finding that they were making a difference to local companies’ ability to recruit.
As the new Chairman, Ian will now work closely with group members – including British Engines, Sevcon, Quick Hydraulics, Reece Group, Caterpillar, Ford Aerospace and Liebherr – to continue driving the North East skills agenda forward.
Liz Mayes, North East Region Director at EEF, says: “We’re immensely grateful for Mike Jones’ previous support and vision in getting this group up and running and we’re delighted that Ian will now be taking this vital work forward.
“His experience and commitment to skills in the region will allow us to start joining up all the good work going on within the manufacturing community. This is an important step, as greater co-ordination and collaboration will make a big difference to our skills base both now and in the future.”
Ian Malcolm, new Chairman of the North East Skills Group, says: “I’m delighted to be taking over the helm of this important group. Companies in the region face a number of skills challenges, including building a gold-plated apprentice pipeline, meeting the demands of an ageing workforce and ensuring that there are enough skilled and experienced engineers.
“With many firms struggling even to fill current vacancies, it is vital that we build a co-ordinated and collaborative regional response. This will also allow us to be more effective when talking to Government about the support we need in securing the right quality and quantity of skills for the future.”