2018 LEGAL UPDATE – Friday 7th September 2018

This seminar will provide an overview of recent case law developments and discussion of changes to employment law in 2018.  The following topics will be covered during the seminar:

The Taylor Review – Good Working Practices

Termination Payments – Revised Tax Treatment

Discrimination Case Law Update  Burden of Proof, Disability, Shared Parental Pay

GDPR – Where are we now?

Employment Tribunals Update – Fees, Devolution, Case Load

Brexit – Treatment of EU Citizens currently in the UK

Bereavement Leave – A Private Member’s Bill

Case Law Update – Recent Cases of Interest

Numbers will be limited to 40.

Click here for more information on how to book and payment options


Heriot-Watt University – Graduate Apprenticeships

Heriot-Watt University’s Graduate Apprenticeship scheme, which is fully funded by Skills Development Scotland, is a ground-breaking initiative, creating degree-qualified employees with the skills for your engineering business needs.  For employers, Graduate Apprenticeships are an opportunity to enhance business, by supporting current and new employees to develop skills and talents.  Applications are currently open for a range of course starting this September, including Engineering, Design & Manufacture; IT Management for Business; IT Software Development; Civil Engineering; Construction & Built Environment and Business Management.

To find out more about the Graduate Apprenticeship programmes, please send an email to ga@hw.ac.uk or visit the website





We are pleased to announce that our Principal Speaker at our Annual Dinner this year will be Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.  We are also pleased that our After Dinner speaker will be Sheriff Lindsay Wood.

The cost is £110 per person, which includes pre-dinner drinks, a 3-course meal, table wine and an after dinner liqueur.

This will be the first dinner that our new Chief Executive – Paul Sheerin – will be at the helm, and we would encourage you to attend and celebrate this prestigious event with us.

Overnight accommodation is also available.  Please contact Eileen Pirie – details below.

2018 Hilton Accommodation Booking Guidelines – 17 May

2018 Annual Dinner info




The SMAS National Manufacturing Conference returns to the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld on Wednesday 30 May, where 400 manufacturing leaders will gather to be inspired, learn, network and debate.

The 2018 Conference features a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, including Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and author of the UK Government’s recently published strategy Made Smarter Review.

Joining him on the main stage will be Sarah Jardine, Director of Manufacturing at Optos plc; Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairmen of Liberty Steel, and Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus.

The programme will include practical case-study-led workshops; an exhibition showcasing solution providers and support organisations; a speakers’ corner and improvement rooms.  A networking dinner will take place on the evening of Tuesday 29 May.  Key topics for 2018 include Industry 4.0, Leadership, Investment Skills, Business Excellence and the Circular Economy.

Who Attends?

Around 400 senior manufacturing executives from across all manufacturing sectors in Scotland are expected to attend, from small SMEs through to large corporations.

Register now at the Early Bird Rate of £150 plus VAT per delegate.  This rate is only available until Friday 20 April 2018.  Full ticket price is £200 plus VAT with reduced rates for additional delegates from the same company.

For further information, contact Georgia Goodall at Speakeasy on 0131 557 1288 or by email: Georgia.goodall@speak.co.uk


Lindsey Miller and Claire Platts, employment solicitors at Scottish Engineering, were delighted to attend Woodward Aircraft Systems’ 20th Anniversary Dinner, which took place at Turnberry Resort on 6th March 2018.

The event was held in order to commemorate Woodward’s 20th year at their site in Prestwick, Ayrshire.  It was a privilege to be invited to the event and celebrate such a significant landmark in the company’s history.


UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE – Excellence in Engineering Project Management CPD Programme

Developed in close partnership with industry experts, the Excellence in Engineering Project Management Programme equips delegates working in engineering and operational environments with confidence in applying best-practice tools and techniques to manage all aspects of a project.

Information Brochure:  EPM CPD brochure 2017




Scottish Engineering Leaders Award

The Scottish Engineering Leaders Award is a competition delivered by our education partner Primary Engineer. 13% of Scottish schools have registered for the competition so far and they need your help! Could you visit a school in Jan/Feb/Mar in your area to promote engineering by chatting to a class? Click here to search for a school and here to sign up and support. After interviewing their linked engineer, pupils are asked, ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ They use engineering to solve a problem and each entry carries the name of the engineer who inspired the pupil to participate. The top 600 entries are put on display, including engineer and company name, at the Barony Hall in Glasgow the first weekend in June. Contact lise.mccaffery@primaryengineer.com for more information.

Invitation to Sneak Preview at Dynamic Earth

A message from Jasmine Orde, Marketing Assistant & PA,
Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd,
Holyrood Road,
EH8 8AS.

On behalf of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), I would like to invite you to become a supporting partner of the IET’s forthcoming EngTalk; Innovation and Technology – Art or Science? which is taking place on 19 – 22 February 2018.

Previously known as the IET Turing Lecture, the EngTalk will focus on future computing, with guest speaker Dr Andy Harter examining the role of “art” in engineering and technology, including not only form and beauty but also craft, design, skill, invention and intuition. Dr Harter will draw on his expertise and experiences and ask if we could do more to appreciate and promote the importance of “art” as a feature on the interdisciplinary landscape.

This year we are coming to the University of Strathclyde, and it would be great to have you on board as a media partner of the event as we are very keen to work with relevant organisations/publications to help promote this lecture to the right community. We would be pleased to offer you the following promotional benefits:

– Your logo and web link on the website www.theiet.org/engtalk-computing
– Your logo on marketing emails, acknowledging you as a supporter of the event, distributed to just under 25,000 relevant IET members
– Invite you to supply copies of your current magazine or an alternative piece of collateral at the event

In return, we would like you to help us to promote the event, e.g. by including information on your website, listing it in your print and online listings and including information in any e-newsletters.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you soon.

Please reply to Jasmine Orde:


Tel: 0131 523 120


Scottish Engineering has appointed Alastair Johnstone as President of the organisation.

Mr Johnstone, Managing Director of Bosch Rexroth in Glenrothes, was welcomed by John Howie MBE, the retiring President, at Scottish Engineering’s AGM in the Glasgow HQ on Thursday 21st December.

As he took over the role, Mr Johnstone said: “I am honoured, delighted and indeed humbled to take over this prestigious position within our industry.  The previous incumbents, dating back to 1865, form an impressive list of engineers and business leaders and it is my intention to do my utmost to continue to uphold this legacy.”

Welcoming the new President, Scottish Engineering’s CEO, Bryan Buchan, said: “Alastair has been a loyal member of our Executive Committee for a number of years and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will make an excellent President for our organisation.”

New President, Alastair Johnstone (left) is welcomed by the outgoing President, John Howie MBE (right)


Engineering industry reports improving order levels

Scotland’s engineering sector continues to report increased orders and output despite the political uncertainty which has threatened to disrupt the economy for some time.

According to the latest Quarterly Review of the industry published today, companies throughout the country are reporting that business is good and some have even admitted having an exceptional trading year.

Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, said: “We are heartened by these reports which I have gathered from our District Meetings around the country.  Of course, many businesses are suffering from the continued fall-out from the decrease in oil-related activity on the UKCS and the effect of the weak pound on raw material prices.

“However, in his Autumn Budget the Chancellor’s proposal to change tax policy, allowing new owners of North Sea installations to reclaim corporation tax on decommissioning costs, should attract new investment to the oil and gas industry.”

Particular improvement has been recorded in export orders (42%up, 44%same, 14%down) compared to the previous quarter, and this may be caused by the weakness of the pound against other European currencies.

Employment levels across all sectors and size of company (33%up, 51%same, 16%down) have remained steady, as has the amount of overtime being worked (44%up, 35%same, 21%down).  There is still a problem throughout the industry of skills shortages.  Bryan explained: “The likely loss of some of our skilled immigrant workers due to Sterling’s relative weakness against the Euro is already being felt in some quarters.”

He added: “On a more positive note, we have great hopes for the new apprenticeship initiatives with Foundation Apprenticeships promising to deliver business-ready school leavers and Graduate Level Apprenticeships accelerating the return of desperately needed qualified engineers.”