A new accelerator programme, IN4.0 ACCESS, is set to provide benefits to manufacturers in the North West of England.
Supported by global businesses, the programme. is a disruptive innovation accelerator programme, aimed at supporting pioneering manufacturers, helping to develop their businesses through digital and technological transformation and allowing them to scale and succeed at pace through the effective deployment of Industry 4.0 concepts.
According to industry figures, Industry 4.0 could boost the UK economy by £350 billion by 2030. In the North West, new research released by Make UK suggests the manufacturing sector was worth £28.5billion over the past year – and that figure would be accelerated by upskilling employees and implementing Industry 4.0 techniques.
The new programme has been running in Lancashire and Manchester for the past month, where 40 future leaders from local businesses including Hyde Aero Products, Poppies Europe and Kaman, form part of the first cohort.
Paul Mellor, a delegate on the programme and Technical Director at Hyde Aero Products, said; “I’ve joined the course because I want to fully understand the Industry 4.0 concept so we can inform our business strategy. I want to roadmap our IN4.0 strategy in line with the very best industry experts. We plan to introduce new skills into the business, via training and upskilling our existing people, as well as drawing in new talent to the business.”
Commenting on the programme, IN4.0 Group CEO, Mo Isap, said; “This is a unique accelerator programme delivered to manufacturers across the North West. Through our partners in large, innovative businesses and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), we are helping manufacturers understand the opportunities that digital transformation brings.
The programme can be funded through the Degree Apprenticeship Levy and enables companies to up-skill their technical staff to UCLan Postgraduate Diploma Engineering Competence Level and MSc Engineering (Design & Development) level.