At this years’ National Make UK Manufacturing Awards, Sony Europe B.V.’s UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) were crowned winners of two prestigious awards for Innovation and Developing Future Talent. Also marked out for praise on the evening was Apprentice Rising Star finalist Scott Roberts, and Thomas Davies who was highly commended in the Apprentice Endeavour Award.
Over 260 attendees representing the very best of UK Manufacturing were joined by compere Jason Bradbury to highlight the resilience, determination, and ingenuity of the UK’s manufacturing community within which, UK TEC remain devoted to nurturing undeniable talent.
Sony UK TEC’s award win for Developing Future Talent recognised its dedication to promoting diversity, developing talent, building skills amongst its employees, and increasing the knowledge of engineering and manufacturing careers within the community. During 2021 alone, the Pencoed-based facility onboarded 8 apprentices and 6 graduates, demonstrating the teams focus on nurturing talent and inspiring future leaders to explore and push the boundaries of the many exciting technological opportunities that lay ahead.
As a company, UK TEC is focused on improving the workforce’s skills and addressing succession concerns regarding current employees and the UK skills shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and creative subjects. Over the years, they have developed a series of programmes targeted at different age groups, from schools to universities and adults, accounting for the way information is presented, the amount of technical detail and the language used in working within their local communities in South Wales. To date, more than 20,000 learners have engaged, and the company’s own workforce is trained to be mentors to their apprentices and graduates.
The Innovation award, on the other hand, celebrated the innovations executed through new products, processes, markets, and business models, which have all led to greater productivity, efficiency, and business growth, within the last three years. Through solid team effort and engagement, Sony UK TEC continues to deliver ambitious goals, e.g., ending 2021 on a 30% capacity increase.
Sony UK TEC is particularly proud of its role in developing both specialists and leaders for the next generation, which support their ever-diversifying operation. The ability to adapt, innovate and embrace new technologies has never been so prominent at the company as now, given the challenges faced over the past two years. This award achievement is a testimony to the agile, highly skilled and committed workforce at Sony Pencoed.
Sony UK TEC Managing Director, Steve Dalton OBE said: “We are delighted to have had such great success at these prestigious industry awards.”
“It was an incredibly inspiring event and we’re proud to be part of such an amazing industry. It is thanks to the passion of our Team Players which made these wins possible, and we remain committed to seeking and developing talent to become the next generation of innovators.
“It has been a pleasure for us to play a role in this year’s awards to help highlight the invaluable work of Wales’ industry-leading manufacturing sector.”