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Specialist recruitment consultancy JAM Recruitment has praised two leading UK manufacturing businesses which were winners at last night's EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.
JAM Recruitment sponsored the award categories for Innovative People Practices, won by microscope specialist Carl Zeiss SMT, and Innovative Working Practices categories, won by doorway solutions manufacturer Assa Abloy.
The awards, which showcase British manufacturing's innovation and excellence, were presented during a ceremony at the Merchant Taylors' Great Hall in the City of London.
John Morris, chief executive officer of JAM Recruitment and a judge for the awards, said: "Manufacturing and engineering play a key role in the UK economy and the strength of the entries for the innovation category at this year's EEF awards demonstrates what vibrant sectors they are.
"Recruiting fresh talent will be crucial in maintaining this and, as the business secretary Vince Cable identified recently, there is still clearly a job to be done in improving the industry's image among young people.
"Awards such as these, which celebrate the most exciting innovators, play a vital role in getting across the message that careers in manufacturing and engineering are far from boring.
"We at JAM also have a role to play - helping companies identify and resource the skills they need to equal and surpass the kind of achievements recognised by these awards."
Innovation is one of four categories in the national EEF Future Manufacturing Awards - others recognise enterprise, environmental performance and skills development among the UK's 130,000 manufacturing businesses.
Manchester-based JAM provides specialist skills to the UK's defence and aerospace, technology, energy, manufacturing and professional services sectors, with a portfolio including executive search, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), interim management, permanent and contract services.
In a survey of HR directors in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, carried out recently by JAM Recruitment, 100 per cent of respondents said they are finding recruitment of specialist technical skills increasingly challenging.


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