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Next generation employment under the spotlight for BFM’s networking event at Ercol

8 April 2022

Next generation employment under the spotlight for BFM’s networking event at Ercol

The ‘Workforce of Tomorrow’ is the topic for the first in a series of regional industry events, developed by the British Furniture Manufacturers’ events team.

Created for the furniture community to enable members and non-members to network and share best practice, the event takes place at Ercol’s manufacturing headquarters in Princes Risborough on Thursday, May 26.

Free-to-attend for BFM members and £25 for non-members, it takes place after working hours, from 6pm to 9pm, and includes a tour of Ercol’s factory.

Guest speakers will be exploring the key issues facing employers in the context of recruiting and training employees, along with other related themes.

Representatives from FIESTA (Furniture & Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance) will update attendees on the latest opportunities for employers regarding modern day apprenticeships and the new T level qualifications, on how to access the next generation of workers.  

The networking event was originally planned for April but moved to May due to feedback received from members and resources being directed to support the growth of the new format BFM Fabric Show in London, held in March.

Sean Holt, BFM Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Ercol is hosting the first of several planned regional and national events,

“Our intention is to provide an opportunity for the furniture community to network in person, and share information, knowledge and best practice whilst getting rich information, to help address one of the biggest challenges facing the industry.

“We are looking forward to bringing together members and non-members and fulfilling BFM’s commitment to create opportunities for furniture manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and sellers to network, make contacts and help their respective businesses to evolve and grow “

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