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25.01.2015 | Young People's Champion visits FiFab

Melanie Ward marked her appointment as Young People's Champion for Scottish Labour with a visit to FiFab in Glenrothes, where she heard from young apprentices.

Melanie visited Fife Fabrications in Glenrothes, where she met young apprentices and heard their views and priorities. Fifab has this month been presented with Skills Development Scotland's Youth Employer of the Month award for their long-term commitment to training Fife's young people.  The apprentices shared their enjoyment of being in the workplace, learning a specialised trade and their hopes for the future at work and in life more generally.

Melanie said:
"I congratulate FiFab on being Youth Employer of the Month. Their commitment to training and developing young apprentices is admirable, and a very significant contribution to our community. It was great to meet apprentices Connor and Dean, to hear about their work and to listen to their views.
14.01.2015 | FiFab Voted Top Youth Employer

Fife Fabrications has been chosen as Scotland’s top employer because of their long-term commitment to training the area’s young people.

The Glenrothes company received Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Youth Employer of the Month award this week. The award recognises the efforts that businesses across the country are making to support young people into work.

Sales and Marketing Director John Penman was delighted to accept the award and said: “It is tremendous that our commitment to young people has been highlighted in this way. We see our apprenticeship programme as an opportunity for the future of our community and our business.”
19.02.2015 | Southern Manufacturing 2015 Success

FiFe Fabrications Limited has returned home from Southern Manufacturing 2015 with a record number of enquiries, it was clear from attendance at the show that UK manufacturing is on the up.

From our base in Glenrothes we have the ability to supply precision sheet metal work and complex electro-mechanical assemblies to companies throughout the UK.
11.09.2015 | MD Archie Smith wins 2015 Alan Russell Award

At the Fife Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Friday the 11th September 2015,held at the Fairmount Hotel St Andrews, Mr Archie Smith was recognised by his peers for his “Outstanding Contribution to the FiFe Economy” with the award of the Alan Russell Award.

In a career spanning over four decades Archie’s lifelong commitment to training and development of his employees, also service to the local community and the building of one of the UK’s foremost sub contract manufacturing companies was acknowledged.

Archie thanked everyone for the award and expressed his pride in that through his efforts, many companies now recognised the importance of people development, combined with service to your community and enjoys working with such a great team at FiFab. Archie is pictured with his wife Christie celebrating the award.
05.03.2015 | FYJC Engineering Celebration

Fife Council has paid tribute to the support the Kingdom’s engineering sector has given to helping young people find their way into work. Through the highly successful Fife Youth Job contract, 160 young people have been supported into engineering apprenticeships. Over 40 employers within Fife are supported through the Fife Job Contract, providing sustainable employment for future engineers.

The council, along with Fife Engineering Consortium, hosted an Engineering Celebration recently in recognition of achievements across the engineering community in Fife. The celebration had a large attendance from the Engineering Consortium. Key speakers included John Penman from FiFab, Chairman of the Engineering Consortium Fife and Brian Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, who spoke of the importance of engaging young people as early as possible and the value of the Fife model.

John Penman said: “The Consortium has engaged 160young people through early interventions. School engagement is an important part of developing young talent from Fife and securing the future of engineering; building upon an established engineering history within the Kingdom. Filling the demand for new engineering jobs will generate an additional £27 billion per year for the UK economy from 2022, the equivalent of building 1,800 schools or 110 hospitals, according to new research published in Engineering UK 2015 The State of Engineering. To meet projected employer demand the number of engineering apprentices and graduates entering the industry will need to double.”

Councillor Laird, spokesperson for Economy and Planning said: “Fife’s engineering sector has a growing reputation for excellence and makes a very important contribution to our local economy so it’s vital they are involved in working to help Fife’s workforce of the future. The Fife Engineering Consortium was set up as a way to tackle high youth unemployment in Fife by colleges and local businesses and it has been a tremendous success. We’re now able to talk to employers to find out what skills they need from potential employees and then help support young people to find their way into engineering with training the sector wants them to have.”

Councillor Tony Martin, Chair of the Opportunities Fife Partnership and Fife Council’s Youth Ambassador said: “Fife now has the lowest youth unemployment in 20 years and partnership working with key agencies and over 40 companies within the Engineering Consortium has had an immense impact. Fife Council’s £5 million Fife Youth Job Contract has seen support funding across Fife for over 690 apprentices of which 160 are in engineering.”
19.03.2015 | FAB Four at Fife Business Awards

FiFe Fabrications Ltd (FiFab) enjoyed outstanding success at the FiFe Business Awards 2015, which were held on Thursday the 19th March 2015.

It was a FAB FOUR night with FiFab scooping four awards.

This prestigious evening celebrates Fife’s diverse and successful business community.

Archie Smith, Managing Director FiFe Fabrications Limited said these awards recognise the efforts of the team here at FiFab who are truly world class.

FiFab are recognised as the UK’s leading sub contract manufacturing company, these awards recognise that UK manufacturing is alive and indeed flourishing.

Excellence in Customer Service Award - Winner FiFe Fabrications Ltd

A Workforce for the Future Award - Winner FiFe Fabrications Ltd

Best Education & Business Partnership Award - Winner FiFe Fabrications Ltd

Best Performing Business (Over 50 employees) - Winner FiFe Fabrications Ltd
13.04.2015 | Scottish Labour Leader visits FiFab on Campaign Trail

Jim Murphy, leader of the Scottish Labour Party visits FiFab on the 2015 General Electrion Campaign Trail. He was accomponied by Melanie Ward, Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Glenrothes and Central Fife.
 
09.06.2015 | FiFab host Fife Economy Partnership Board Meeting

Fife Fabrications Limited (FiFab) were pleased to host the recent Fife Economy Partnership Board meeting, Fergus Ewing the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism was in attendance.
 
14.08.2015 | Head of UK Governance Philip Rycroft visits FiFab

Philip Rycroft the Head of UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office recently visited Fife Fabrications, viewing one of the UK’s most advanced sub contract manufacturing sites. FiFab employ over 120 people and are committed to both apprenticeships and employability.

(Philip Rycroft is the Head of UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for constitutional and devolution issues. He was previously the Director General in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, supporting the DPM across the full range of his policy interests. Prior to that, he was Corporate Affairs Director at Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Ltd. Previous roles have mainly been in Government, including Director General Innovation and Enterprise and Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Director General Education in the Scottish Government; and Head of the Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department in the Scottish Executive. Philip also spent time on secondment from Government with Scottish & Newcastle plc and in the Cabinet of Vice-President Leon Brittan in the European Commission.)
 
09.09.2015 | FiFab Skills for Growth Iniative

FiFab improved the skills of its workforce after using a business consultancy service offered by Skills Development
Scotland and Investors in People.
FiFab made use of the Skills for Growth initiative to identify priorities for development. The initiative helped the
firm, which employs 128 people, find growth potential through providing training in management and leadership
and in using Excel spreadsheets.
Director of Sales and Marketing at the firm, John Penman, said: “We wanted to ensure that we were future-
proofing the team. “The dynamics of business is changing so quickly through efficiency and technology that we
had to make sure that we were meeting requirements. “We recently invested more than £250,000 in an
enterprise resource planning system which makes far greater use of spreadsheets and data, so people needed
to be able to use that effectively.