Entries by Eileen Pirie

ConnectUp – SME Event – Tue 25 October 2016

INVITATION TO ATTEND The Weir Advanced Research Centre, part of The Weir Group, are holding a joint event in conjunction with Scottish Power, Doosan Babcock, Subsea7 and Stena Line, aimed at identifying new SME partners. The two event themes, which reflect the broader innovation needs of the host companies, are Industry 4.0 and Energy Efficiency, […]

Modern Apprenticeships for SMEs – Skills Development Scotland

Thousands of small businesses in Scotland employ Modern Apprentices.  Here’s why you should join them: It’s cost effective – we contribute towards training costs Three quarters of employers say apprentices improved their productivity Training through work means your apprentices really understand your business – and your customers How we can help: You want to invest […]

Concerns over apprenticeship levy

Comment by Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive. Engineering companies throughout Scotland are expressing great concern about the impending apprenticeship levy that will come into effect early next year. The main reason for their concern is the fact that the application of the scheme has been devolved to the Scottish Government, and while employers across England have […]

Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is due to come into force in April 2017 and will require the employers with a payroll bill of more than £3m pay 0.5% of this to HMRC on a monthly basis. There are no exceptions to this for employers who currently pay a levy to CITB or ECITB. In England and […]

Reasonable Adjustments

Following the judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd -v- Powell it may be necessary for employers to consider pay protection where an employee is offered alternative employment as a reasonable adjustment. The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that the objectives of the legislation concerning reasonable adjustments may […]

Post Brexit uncertainty creates engineering slump

QR September 2016 – Press Release The uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote and the subsequent allusions to another Independence referendum by the First Minister, are exacerbating negative trading conditions for the engineering manufacturing sector in Scotland as witnessed by the results in the latest Quarterly Review of the industry published by Scottish Engineering. The support […]


Brexit comment by Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering. At the time of writing, we are starting to feel the force of the predicted maelstrom following the Brexit vote. From an engineering manufacturing point of view, it is difficult to see any accrued benefit.  While the export market, which comprises Europe, has grown in the […]

Engineering sector hit by uncertainty

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland recently about the situation affecting the engineering industry in Scotland, Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering explained how the current levels of uncertainty were curtailing the industry. “The Referendum vote is just another tranche of uncertainty and probably even more severe than those that have preceded it”, Mr Buchan explained.  […]

Primary Engineer & Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award 2016

The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award (SESLA) is one of the Primary Engineer programmes that is coordinated in Scotland from the Scottish Engineering office in Glasgow. The fourth edition of the SESLA has been the most popular and most successful to date.  This year, 8500 pupils from 130 schools sent in their amazing inventions.  It was […]