AEMT - Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades

Thursday, 14th June
Event: AEMT's 73rd AGM
Venue: Hinckley Golf Club & Triumph Motorcycles
Price: £45.00
AEMT Member meetings are a fantastic opportunity to meet, learn and network with professionals in the electrical and mechanical trades. They are hosted at different locations including the premises of Members and Associates around the UK. Presentations of a technical and business angle are given by specialists in their fields.

Event Details

In the presence of 40 members, the AGM looked back at the success of 2017. Gary Downes, current President of the association thanked all those present for attending, and for the work the council and secretariat had put into the year. The council is in a strong position these days with a full line up of officers in place for the first time in many years.
Thomas Marks, secretary of the association, continued by looking at how the AEMT Awards and work with a new PR company had boosted the association’s online presence by a significant 54% during 2017, reflecting the increased awareness of the association. Not only that but the numbers of non-members starting to attend events in 2017 were much higher than previous years, indicating a much more open and outward looking association. 

The members present at the AGM then endorsed the selection of officers and council members for 2018/2019. Gary Downes of Solutions in IT will continue for another term as President, David Hawley of ABB will become Vice President, Chris Powles of Sulzer will become Junior Vice President, and Shaun Sutton of Central Group will become the association’s new Honorary Treasurer, replacing Matt Brown, who will continue to be the association’s representative in South East Asia. 

Graham Brooker also continues his position on office as Immediate Past President. Simon Brooks of Rotamec retired his position on council, and the president thanked him very much for his services to date. Continuing council members include; Len Jones, Parsons Peebles; Derry Sheehan, Avonmore Electrical; Tom Grant, GES Group; Matt Fletcher, Fletcher Moorland; Tom Beatson, Beatson’s Fans and Motors; James Stevens, Preformed Windings; Simon Swallow, Rotary Engineering; Dennis Rawle, Exalto Bearings.

A Programme of apprenticeship talks followed on from the official AGM. Terri Lennon from the Manufacturers’ Organisation began by dispelling the confusion surrounding the new Apprenticeship Levy. 

The levy (essentially a tax) will be paid by all UK employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million, 0.5% of your employee payroll and is collected monthly via PAYE. The government will top it up by 10%.   You can then use this money to train apprentices, which can be existing employees as long as they meet the criteria and follow an apprenticeship standard. 

  • Non levy payers can access funding and will only have to pay 10% of the apprenticeship training and assessment.
  • There are currently two types of apprenticeships, frameworks and standards. Standards are seen to be more rigorous and higher quality, therefore attract higher funding.  

Following on, Alex Page, Service Centre Manager at Mid Kent Engineering (MKE), gave an excellent insight into MKE’s innovative approach to apprenticeships. The key to MKE success is their proactive approach to recruitment and bridging training gaps. MKE forge relationships with local schools, offering work experience, and as a result they are able attract more talent enabling them to identify those with the skills and attributes required to be an excellent engineer, as well as those with the attitude to fit well into the company’s culture. The standard training and resources at MKE are not always adequate to give the apprentices the full range of skills required, so MKE utilise their partnerships with fellow AEMT Members who will bridge any skills gaps. 

AEMT Technical Expert Dr Martin Killeen concluded the apprenticeship session with an insight into how the AEMT can help its members, identify training providers, find appropriate standards and signpost recruitment opportunities. If any members are looking for help with apprentices, do get in touch with Martin via the secretariat, who will be happy to help members decipher the wood from the trees.

Following lunch members headed over to Triumph Motorcycles for a guided factory tour. Entering the factory, you are confronted with huge racking systems stuffed to the rafters with gleaming new motorcycles. The camaraderie and mutual respect among the employees struck a cord as we walked around the shop floor, as well as how tidy and ordered the shop floor was. It was also fascinating to hear about how the company adapted their manufacturing approach to meet various market demands such as sending their bikes in kit form to Brazil in order to pay less import duty on the bikes – maybe something for Harley Davison to think about now after President Trump’s trade war!?

Agenda and Timings for Jun 14th

Timing Agenda (subject to changes)
09:45 Download (Member Only)AGM (Agenda, Audited Accounts, 72nd Minutes in Download)

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Event: AEMT's 73rd AGM