The Tay Cities Region Engineering Partnership project aims to enable the further development of a unique collaboration of private and public sector organisations. Bolstering the existing engineering skill base in order to boost investment and innovation and to encourage greater internationalisation of the regional Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (EAM) Sector. The project will help strengthen the region’s world class EAM sector and link businesses with the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.
 
The aim of this innovative project is to establish a world class Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing (EAM) facility in the Tay Eco Valley region, using state of the art digital technology machine tools and processes to support increased productivity, R&D and the new skills needs of the sector across Tay Eco Valley region.
 
Working together with a leading specialist machine tool distributor, Engineering Technology Group (ETG ), this facility based within Angus Training Group Arbroath, will offer a state of the art demonstration centre using the latest in machine tool technology, currently unavailable in the area, to upskill apprentices and existing employees in modern engineering practices.
 
This facility can also drive wider geographical benefits across the sector by becoming the east of Scotland hub for the Scottish Government’s proposed Scottish Manufacturing Centre for Excellence – the business case for which will be published later in 2017.
 
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Investment & Cities acknowledged “that these proposals were very much in harmony with the significant developing proposals for the national manufacturing institute of Scotland, which has the potential to support step changes in the efficiency and productivity of Scotland’s manufacturing sector.”
 
Integrating with local, regional and national educational partners, the project too will create a unique collaboration to offer a seamless educational pathway for all engineering sector needs across the full age & experience range – from foundation through to graduate apprenticeships and up-to- date up skilling programmes, thus future proofing the sector.
 
To support innovation and R&D for existing manufacturing companies, the project will offer cost-effective product prototyping and testing, as well as low-mass production and specialist incubator and product development support.
 
The project has the support of major engineering employers across the Tay Cities region who cite the benefits to their competiveness of having access to a state of the art machine tool centre for up-skilling their new and existing workforce.