Nominations are open for a national award to recognise excellence and innovation in Scotland’s manufacturing sector, the First Minister has announced.
The First Minister’s Award for Manufacturing Leadership celebrates competitive and innovative manufacturing companies who champion fair work and invest in the skills and wellbeing of their employees.
The winning company will receive:
- a physical award designed by students on Skills Development Scotland’s Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeships programme
- two places, together worth £2,500, on a delegation arranged by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) of industry leaders visiting an overseas advanced manufacturing site
- one year of free enterprise membership of Scotland House in London which gives access to meeting rooms, event spaces and exclusive networking events
The Scottish Government is supporting advancement in manufacturing including the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, up to £14 million investment through the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund, and the £39 million Glasgow City Regions City Deal project to develop the essential infrastructure needed for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.
The First Minister said: “Scotland has a long and proud tradition in manufacturing, a highly productive and dynamic sector of our economy. We are also committed to inclusive growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, opportunity and fairness.
“A thriving manufacturing sector is crucial to Scotland’s economic future, so the Scottish Government wants to celebrate the companies who lead the way in their commitment to innovation and excellence whilst investing in the skills and wellbeing of their employees.
“I look forward to seeing the great work being done by our many exemplary manufacturing companies who go the extra mile to champion fair work and inclusivity.”
The winner will be announced at the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service’s National Manufacturing Conference on 26 May, 2020.