UKCES evaluation report for the UK Futures Programme Productivity Challenge: Skills for innovation in manufacturing.
These documents present the final reporting on the UK Futures Programme’s Productivity Challenge which investigated how manufacturing businesses could capitalise more on innovation in the workplace through improvements to the management and commercialisation of innovation.
The first briefing paper is an evaluation of the Productivity Challenge, highlighting what worked, and what worked less well, in encouraging businesses to focus on innovation processes and to develop the skills, knowledge and practices to better manage innovation. It also draws out lessons for: other businesses to help capture the value of innovation; organisations delivering similar programmes; and policy makers concerned with improving the UK’s position with regard to innovation.
The second document is a brochure summarising the five projects that made up the challenge, with details of how businesses can get involved and make a difference. It includes links to toolkits and other helpful material produced by the projects which were led by: BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships; Swansea University; Cardiff Metropolitan University; BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd; and Northern Ireland Polymers Association.