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August Monthly Meeting - Steph McGovern Talks Skills


Pictured - (Left to right) Alison Maynard - Principal of South Tyneside College, Steph McGovern - BBC Breakfast and Jack Hanwell, Manager of AMF

Yesterday"s August monthly meeting was a change from our traditional meetings as the BBCs Steph McGovern came to South Tyneside College to speak with our members about skills in industry.

The meeting began with the regular buffet and networking session from 12 - 12:30pm which over 95 attendees were able to enjoy while Steph and Alison Maynard, Principal of South Tyneside College, were interviewed by BBC Radio Newcastle and the Journal. For an in depth look at what Steph had to say regarding apprenticeships click here to read the Journal Article

Pictured - Ian Fawdon, Chairman of AMF (Left) and Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast (Right)

Once everyone entered the conference room Ian Fawdon, Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Forum, began with a brief presentation summarising what AMF is, highlighting the past of the forum along with the benefits that members receive. After that came the regular Manufacturer"s Round-Up; the opportunity that manufacturers have each meeting to give a summary of their company and talk about any difficulties or highlights that they have had recently to help us gain a better idea of what the state of the region"s manufacturing is like.

Steph McGovern"s talk came after that, starting off by discussing how she came to work for the BBC after working as an apprentice at Black & Decker and the need to promote skills to young people, mentioning the World Skills Olympics in Brazil which was covered on the BBC News that same day. Following that she posed questions to key members of the audience; Alison Maynard, Carly Hinds from the National Careers Service, Catherine Purvis-Mawson from Framwellgate School, Alan Metcalfe from Zenith People and 3 apprentices who had come through the Rising Star programme.

To round off the day questions were taken from the rest of the audience, raising some very important points regarding the need for schools to promote STEM skills and apprenticeships while employers need to be more willing to take on apprentices.

Pictured - Our guest speaker with the apprentices: (Left to right) Callum Beig from Port of Tyne, Ryan Lear from MCPS, Steph McGovern, Jack Rae from AMF and Ryan Dermody from Zenith People.


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