Staff recruitment and retention, best practice in maintenance, and procurement and ESG in supply chains will be on the agenda at three new fringe events which have been announced for EMCON 2023.

Increasing the size of your talent pool and plugging the leaks – an event hosted with Engineering Together and the Women’s Engineering Society Tyne Tees Cluster – will be taking place at EMCON at Rainton Arena, on September 14.

The University of Sunderland’s North East Maintenance Forum will also be hosted at the event next month.

And Muckle LLP will host Shaping Tomorrow’s Supply Chains: Procurement Law Dynamics and ESG Imperatives at EMCON.

Increasing the size of your talent pool and plugging the leaks is open to anyone interested in the attraction, recruitment or retention of staff within the engineering and manufacturing sector. It will include advice on reaching more candidates, effective recruitment, retaining people and skills, and supporting staff in returning to work after absence.

Paula McMahon, Founding Chair of Engineering Together said: “This is a great event which brings together groups who have aligned goals and similar issues with current staffing.

“Together we can all make our future more resilient for individual companies and the industry as a whole.”

The North East Maintenance Forum will feature presentations from Rob Cook of Marelli, one of the world’s leading global independent suppliers to the automotive sector and Aidan Roche from Suez Environmental, which specialises in innovations for circular water and waste solutions. There’ll be a Q and A with Rob and Aidan, plus the chance to network with other maintenance professionals.

Commenting on the event, Derek Dixon, Associate Head of Engineering at The University of Sunderland, said: “Sharing best practice in maintenance is key to creating more sustainable engineering and manufacturing operations.”

At Shaping Tomorrow’s Supply Chains, Alison Walton, Partner at Muckle LLP and a Legal 500 UK ‘Recommended Lawyer’, will deliver an overview on the practical changes coming to the law surrounding public sector procurement and how this will impact on those who write and bid for tenders. The event will also look at the increasing importance of Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) in procurement and supply chains.

Alison Walton, Partner at Muckle LLP, said: “It’s vital that engineering and manufacturing businesses stay ahead of the curve when it comes to procurement changes, and that they understand the impact of ESG on procurement decisions. Shaping Tomorrow’s Supply Chains at EMCON will help them strengthen their knowledge of these areas.”

Commenting on the fringe events, Ailsa Anderson, Director of Development at EMN, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting these events at EMCON, which provide up-to-the-minute industry insights to members of the engineering and manufacturing community.

“Delegates can share their challenges and experiences, and gain expert advice from people who are passionate about supporting the sector.

“Anyone booking onto these events can also access the full EMCON event, where they can meet hundreds of visitors and exhibitors, make new connections and have valuable conversations with staff from both local SMEs and leading multinationals.

“We’d like to thank Engineering Together, the Women’s Engineering Society Tyne Tees Cluster, The University of Sunderland and Muckle LLP for their support.”

Engineering Together, the North East Community of Professional Engineers is a Tees Valley-based group which aims to raise awareness of engineering, inspire young people and be a leading voice for the engineering profession in the Tees Valley.

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers. Its mission is to support women in engineering to fulfil their potential, and support the engineering industry to be inclusive. It has cluster groups throughout the UK.

The North East Maintenance Forum is run by the University of Sunderland Faculty of Technology in partnership with EMN, and offers peer to peer specialist networking for those working in maintenance in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Newcastle-based commercial law firm Muckle LLP is an affiliate partner of EMN and helps regional, national and international clients with their legal needs.

Increasing The Size Of Your Talent Pool And Plugging The Leaks will run from 1pm to 2pm. To book onto the event, click here.

The University of Sunderland’s North East Maintenance Forum will run from 8.45am to 10am. To book your place at the forum, click here.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Supply Chains will take place from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. To book your place, click here.