The Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster started as a skills forum for businesses that employed apprentices in the sector.
Dorset is home to a thriving and varied engineering and manufacturing sector employing around 17,300* people (aVA data by commissioned sectors, 2014, ONS) and contributing over £800 million* to Dorset’s economy. (Source: Invest in Dorset). This sector has high growth potential and is as such recognised by the Dorset Local Economic Partnership (DLEP) as a priority sector for the region.
The Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster (Dorset EMC) was created. ” to provide a voice for the sector across Dorset, enabling companies to collaborate, become more sustainable, deliver to their full potential and be recognised for doing so !”
Recognising there was greater scope and opportunity for this network , the cluster has evolved, with a membership of over 300 organisations operating within the engineering and manufacturing sector . The cluster is supported by a steering group of Dorset engineering and manufacturing businesses, local authorities and business support organisations.
The cluster aims to:
- Help raise the profile of the engineering and manufacturing sector to drive productivity and growth – in Dorset, across the UK and overseas
- Develop supply chain opportunities in order to increase market share
- Provide an opportunity to network and collaborate through a programme of events and workshops
- Support solutions to underpin workforce development, skills, training and apprentice schemes
- Identify ways in which to collaborate with education providers and research organisations in order to drive innovation
- Provide information on access to business support, market intelligence, finance and funding.
If you are an engineering and manufacturing business in Dorset, join the cluster and benefit from these opportunities.
Strategic sectors represented within the cluster include:
- Electronic engineering
- Engineering consultancy
- Food and drink
- General engineering
- General manufacturing