Category Archive: COVIDMembership Briefings

  1. Herald Article 15th June 2020

    Dear Member,

    In this month’s herald article, we discuss the manufacturing sectors that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 and stress the importance of protecting sectors that are at risk

    Click here to view.


  2. Meet Your Army – Online Engagement

    Scottish Engineering members are invited to join a virtual presentation from the Army Engagement Group. This is a great opportunity to take an hour out of the daily routine to hear about how our Army is supporting and serving the country at home and abroad, covering issues such as:

    • Support to Government and NHS on Coronavirus
    • Role in the UK and globally
    • Development and training of people
    • The Army Reserves and Army Cadets
    • Working with employers, schools and youth movements

    There will also be opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Army team online. There are 3 dates to choose from:

    3pm on Tuesday 9 June 2020 
    11am on Thursday 11 June 2020
    6pm on Wednesday 17 June 2020

    Please feel free to share with colleagues or friends who may have an interest. Register here.


  3. Members Briefing – Migration Policy Update

    Dear Member,

    The UK Government’s new point based immigration system is due to come in to operation on 1st January 2021 and will have significant consequences for any employer looking to sponsor foreign nationals, including those from EU states, to live and work in the UK. Click here for a summary of the policy.

    Scottish Engineering along with other industry associations and employers has been contributing to the consultation process over the last year since the initial proposals were published, and we can confirm that the recent policy statement provides significantly more flexibility for the UK engineering/manufacturing sector to secure essential skills from overseas where required.

    In summary, companies will be allowed to sponsor foreign nationals who meet the lower thresholds of RQF 3 skills level (eg A-level, Advanced Apprenticeship or equivalent) and a salary of £25,600. Roles with salary levels between £20,480 and £25,600 may also be supported if the role is identified on the SOL (Shortage Occupation List) or if the candidate has a PhD relevant to the role. In some circumstances, therefore, the SOL will be a critical factor in enabling employers to recruit foreign nationals. There will also be a specific Scottish SOL to take account of differences in labour market and skills profile here.

    The MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) has been tasked by the Government to make recommendations on the SOL by September of this year. On 13th May 2020, they launched a 6 week consultation inviting businesses to share their experience of recruitment and provide evidence on the categories of roles that should be included in the SOL. From our discussions with the MAC, it is clear they are keen to take evidence from any companies in our sector,  especially from SMEs on shortages of skills in, for example CNC, machining, electrical and electronic trades etc.

    Scottish Engineering will be making a sector level submission but we would ask that any members who currently employ foreign skilled workers or may require to do so in the future, submit evidence to the MAC. Click here for further information.



  4. Herald Article 20th April 2020

    Dear Member,

    Scottish Engineering has been invited to write a monthly article for The Herald, and in this first article we highlight the potential damage to Scottish manufacturing engineering of the differing guidance of the Scottish and UK Governments.

    Click here to view the article.


  5. Coronavirus: Urgent Ventilator Parts Request

    Dear Member,

    We have been contacted by CBI to extend an appeal to our wider network to ask if you, or a company you know can help with this urgent requirement to support ventilator manufacture next week.

    Rotary Pot – Contelec or Megatron
    We are struggling to find 5,000 units for next week of the two below options (5,000 of either spec or a combination even would be considered)

    If you find an alternative we are open to investigating if it will work with our design.


    DC Power Supply 
    Limited stock available and lead times require 3 weeks for this particular model.


    Kevin Hallas, KTM ‑ Manufacturing
    07964 562593



  6. Save The Date For Our Annual Awards Dinner 2020

    Annual Awards Dinner 2020


    We’d like to share the positive news that our 2020 Annual Awards dinner has been rebooked for 1st October 2020. We were thrilled to have secured an excellent alternate date this year, and we wanted to share the good news to give us all something to look forward to!

    Please join us for an unforgettable night celebrating inspiring individuals, outstanding organisations and the resilience that our industry continues to show – this year more than ever.

    Save the date, Thursday 1st October 2020 at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel in your diary, with our early bird price offer now held all the way until the event date this year. Join us for a night which promises to be full of laughs, recognition for excellence and the opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.


    Tickets include pre-dinner drinks, a 3-course meal and table wine 

    Dress Code:     Black Tie / Occasion Wear

    Time:                 18:30 for 19:15 (until 23:00)

    Seating:            Tables of 10/12 can be reserved
    Smaller numbers are also welcome


    The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow Award 2020

    In line with our new Annual Awards Dinner date and location, some changes have been made to the submission closing date for The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow Award. Click here for full information.

  7. Holiday Amendment Regs

    Holiday Amendment Regs

    The Working Time (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020

    The government has announced it will permit workers to carry over up to four weeks annual leave into the next two leave years (EU leave). The additional 1.6 weeks statutory leave are not covered by these Regulations although this can be carried over for up to a year by agreement under existing legislation. This has been achieved by amending Regulation 13 of the existing Working Time Regulations, and allows workers to carry over the EU leave where it is not practicable for them to take some or all of the holiday they are entitled to, due to coronavirus.

    This will allow employers under particular pressure from the impact of coronavirus some flexibility to better manage their workforce but still protecting workers right to paid holiday. There is a link to the government announcement below. The Amendment Regulations are still to be published. Scottish Engineering will update members when more information becomes available.

    Click here for government announcement.



  8. Furlough Leave Letter Template

    The Government has announced a mechanism whereby, where companies or employers are considering redundancy or other job losses, the Government will provide up to 80% of their wage, capped at a rate of £2500.

    As yet, we don’t have all of the details of the scheme.  Members’ will be updated as these become available.  At present, it is unclear whether any reason other than avoiding redundancies will entitle employers to claim on the scheme (although other options have been included in the draft template, eg. following public health advice).

    Click here for template.



  9. Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition Scotland 2020

    The Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which is being held at the SEC Glasgow on the 15th October 2020, will serve as a national forum for manufacturers and operators involved throughout the associated supply chains from across Scotland to gather to discuss pressing issues facing the industry.
    The event is being organised in order to successfully connect key stakeholders across the full manufacturing spectrum in Scotland, including the food and drink, energy, renewables, electronics, aerospace, biopharma, medtech, healthcare, construction, textiles, procurement, and precision engineering sectors. With over 3,000 visitors, 200 exhibitors and 150 speakers expected, do not miss the opportunity to showcase your company in front of industry leaders. Expect an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates at the Glasgow event.

    We have teamed up with the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition as a Gold Sponsor and are offering our Members a 30% discount to exhibit on the Scottish Engineering Pavilion. 

    The cost including our 30% discount per square meter to exhibit is £283 + VAT. Your exhibition stand includes display shell, carpet, light, power, nameboard and Wi-Fi as well as a listing with logo and bio on the event website and event guide. Please note, our 30% discount is only valid until 26th June 2020. Any bookings made after this time will be charged at full price £405 + VAT. If you are interested in exhibiting at this discounted rate, contact Rachel Howard for more info on how to book.