Make UK award winners (South) - The CMG Academy. L-R Eric Nicholls & Jon Hurrell from CMG & Luke Blazely from Cornwall College)

The Cornwall Manufacturers Group has struck gold at a regional manufacturing awards ceremony.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in Bristol organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. They were held to recognise the achievements of manufacturing companies from across the South, with the winners now going on to the National Finals which will be held in London in January.

The Cornwall Manufacturers Group picked up the Developing Future Talent award for its role in encouraging people into the manufacturing sector. Through engaging with young people via a tailored programme with Cornwall College and manufacturing businesses in Cornwall, the group of manufacturers reached out to local schools and parents. The first cohort tripled the expected number and there are clear plans for expansion of the initiative.

Jon Hurrell, CEO of the CMG says: “This award speaks volumes. It not only recognises everyone involved who has delivered the beginning of a solution to the industry’s skills gap with the creation of the CMG Academy, in partnership with Cornwall College, by building a bridge between industry and further education, it also inspires the future generations of manufacturers and engineers that are leaving our academy with Level 2 diplomas. It shows the industry identifies with our future generations need and is celebrating working solutions for these young students wanting to come into manufacturing.”

Jim Davison, region director for Make UK in the South, said:

“These awards are a testament to the dynamic companies and individuals working within engineering and manufacturing. The sector remains at the heart of the South creating wealth and, as we re-build our economy there will be a bright future for companies and individuals that make the most of their talent.”