Forsberg are proud to be a Signatory of the Tech Talent Charter, pledging to drive diversity, inclusion and innovation in the UK technology industry.
Although we’ve always been champions of diversity within our industry, signing the Tech Talent Charter is an important next step for us to formally pledge our commitment and to have the support and accountability from the TTC, whilst offering valuable insight to ensure our practices are the best they can possibly be to encourage a diverse workforce.
What is the Tech Talent Charter?
The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity in a practical and uniquely measurable way. The TTC’s ultimate goal is that the UK tech sector becomes truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents. There are now over 500 UK employers of tech involved with the TTC and working together to drive change.
Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government’s Digital Strategy.
”The importance of greater inclusion and diversity in tech is, thankfully, no longer up for debate. Sectors and organisations now need to work together to shift the dial – and this will happen a lot quicker if we pool our successes, failures, ideas and learn from them to bring about real structural change.
In our inaugural report we stressed the importance of collaboration. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to sign up to the Tech Talent Charter”.
Debbie Forster CEO of Tech Talent Charter
Why we’ve joined the Tech Talent Charter
Diversity in all forms is crucial to the success of any industry, having a diverse workforce of people from different genders, backgrounds and experiences ensures we are representative not only locally but on a global scale. Increasing diversity in our sector is something we believe we, and all other businesses must do.
“Forsberg are committed to removing as many barriers to tech as possible and providing equal opportunity for all. We’ve always been committed to inclusive recruitment practices and recognise the importance of a diverse workforce, joining the Tech Talent Charter is an important next step for us and we look forward to working with other employers across the UK to make even more of a difference to our industry and our community.“
Chris Mayne, MD of Forsberg Services and TTC Senior Signatory
The charter outlines a number of pledges, here’s what we’re doing to show our commitment and make a difference:
Inclusive recruitment processes
We’re improving inclusion by ensuring our in-house hiring policy is equitable and free of discrimination whilst adopting inclusive recruitment and promotion processes and practices to support the development and retention of a diverse workforce.
Driving best practice
We already work collaboratively across industry, most actively through our involvement with industry led training organisation Tech Lancaster. Through joining the TCC, we’re excited to work collaboratively with other signatories to share best practices and further develop our individual and collective approach to increase diversity in tech.
We will contribute our employment diversity data for inclusion in the annual Diversity in Tech report. By contributing to generating more accurate data, we can help to provide information, invaluable to tackling the wider problem to help build a more diverse and inclusive industry.
We’re proud to be a part of the Tech Talent Charter, driving future change for the Technology Industry.
The team at Forsberg are proud to support great apprentice’s past, present and future and to work alongside fantastic apprentice training providers. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve shone the spotlight on our current apprentices to celebrate how far they’ve come and the exciting journey that lays ahead for them here at Forsberg.
Ellis and Amy are both from our Accounts team but are at very different stages of their apprenticeships. Our Finance Apprentice, Ellis, is at the very beginning of his journey whilst his manager Amy, our Financial Analyst, is completing the final stages of her qualification which will assist her in achieving her current career goals.
Ellis joined Forsberg in September 2020 and is currently studying towards his AAT level 3 qualification, provided by Kaplan’s apprenticeship scheme, which he is due to complete in December 2021. Once this qualification is gained, Ellis plans to begin his CIMA qualification, with the full support and encouragement from his team and the company.
“Forsberg have been extremely supportive with my apprenticeship, there are new opportunities, training courses and responsibilities arising all the time, all of which keep me extremely motivated and bring out the best in me as an apprentice.”
“I have aspired to be an accountant for a long time and I’m finding the training interesting. I was absolutely over the moon when I secured this apprenticeship, as it is by far the best opportunity I have been offered. Being an apprentice is so different to the typical route of University, but earning while learning, and being faced with real life situations and huge responsibilities is a great way to learn and reach your goals.”
Ellis Drake – Finance Apprentice at Forsberg Services Ltd.
Our Financial Analyst Amy is currently completing the CIMA professional Qualification also through @Kaplan. She has already completed the CIMA certificate in Business Accounting whilst at Forsberg, progressing onto the CIMA Professional Qualification. With only 4 more exams to go, she is set to complete the qualification by November this year, becoming a CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant.
“It has been an intense journey over the last 4 years with one exam per quarter so lots of studying! However, it will all be worth it when I am CIMA qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Studying has been extremely beneficial to my work at Forsberg, increasing my knowledge more and more after each class, allowing me to implement new learnings to help improve the business. My Apprenticeship has really helped excel my career. Within the 4 years I have worked with Forsberg I have become a member of the SMT, a key leader of the finance team, and the manager of our new Finance Apprentice, Ellis. I can’t wait to be fully qualified and continue to develop my career at Forsberg.”
Amy Thatcher – Financial Analyst at Forsberg Services Ltd.
“The support I have received from Forsberg has been amazing, from allowing me time off to study to letting me run with all my new ideas to help solidify my learning. My Manager, Chris, is really encouraging of me and my future career plans and really promotes my development. I couldn’t ask for a better company to work for.”
We’re proud to support Amy and Ellis in gaining their qualifications and throughout their career progression and look forward to their future successes and to those of future apprentices along the way.
We are excited to welcome Wayne Ashenden to Forsberg, joining our Research and Development team as Technical Product Manager.
Wayne has served in the British Armed Forces for 22 years bringing a wealth of experience in Defence to Forsberg.
Wayne joined the Army in 1988, his parents both serving soldiers, it became a family tradition to serve. Within the Army he reached the Rank of Sergeant, becoming a Joint Fires Teams Manager, leading teams of Joint Fires in Peace Keeping and War Fighting. He served as a Depot Instructor/Staff Sergeant, training new recruits to become soldiers and went on to be promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 and responsible for a Battery of soldiers of up to 120. After 4 years he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 Regiment Sergeant Major where he served for 2 years.
Since completing his service to the Armed Forces, Wayne has gained valuable experience working within a range of industries including Engineering, Subsea and Logistics, fulfilling managerial and training roles within a variety of positions.
His time in the Army has ensured he is well travelled, serving all over the world in places such as Germany, Cyprus, Canada, Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland and the UK but has recently gravitated back to his hometown of Middlesbrough, where he lives now with his wife Tracey and their three children. Wayne will continue to be based in Middlesbrough and plans to visit the Heysham office regularly.
Outside of work, Wayne is a long-standing Middlesbrough FC fan and season ticket holder, making sure he doesn’t miss a match. He used to be a keen football and rugby player and enjoys watching Rugby Union too. Wayne also likes to go cycling and fishing in his spare time.
Giving Wayne a big, warm welcome to Forsberg and we look forward to our future successes together.
We are excited to welcome Jonny Gerrard to Forsberg, joining our sales team as a Marine Business Development Manager.
Jonny lives in Aberdeen, although his career path has ensured he is well-travelled, taking him around the UK and to different parts of the world.
Jonny started his career in the Royal Navy serving as a Submariner for 10 years’. Moving on from the Navy and into the offshore sector, Jonny gained valuable experience working as a hydrographic survey engineer which he describes as a steep learning curve but a welcome challenge, working in Angola and parts of the UK.
A year spent as an application engineer for Measurement Devices, Jonny then joined Veripos in 2011, as a senior project manager within the Dynamic Positioning Marine sales and project team, supplying to leading dynamic positioning manufacturers, vessel owners and operators. Jonny worked for Veripos for over 9 years and now we’re delighted to have him onboard with us here at Forsberg.
Jonny will continue to be a based in Aberdeen, where he lives with his wife and 13 month old daughter, visiting the Heysham office on a regular basis. In his spare time, Jonny likes to strike the right balance between family time and motor racing.
Offering Jonny a warm welcome to Forsberg and we look forward to our future successes together.
We are delighted to announce our recent partnership with Spirent, the leading global provider of automated testing and assurance solutions for positioning.
Spirent deliver maximum performance without compromise through bespoke, dedicated PNT test systems. They are the trusted partner of the world’s leading space agencies, government and military contractors, and private enterprises.
Forsberg Sales Director, Jim Waite says:
“it is a great opportunity for Forsberg to partner with the Spirent team. Spirent’s flexible test solutions will enable us to provide our customers with the accuracy, integrity, continuity and reliability they demand with their simulation requirements”.
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Lancashire residents are invited to apply for a free Electronics Skills Programme which will boost their employability in the fast-growing tech sector.
The intensive 12-week course combines distance learning with lab-based tuition and provides participants with globally recognised, electronics industry certifications, work-ready skills and the confidence for a career in the fast-paced North West technology sector.
Participants who complete the course are guaranteed the opportunity to attend a real-life job interview with one of a number of local employers, including Forsberg.
Read the full Lancashire Business View article here
And to find out more about Tech Lancaster and how to enrol visit www.tech-lancaster.org.uk/ or call 01524 881554.
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NovAtel have relaunched their Connect software with new capabilities and a new name. The NovAtel Application Suite is an integrated suite of applications designed to work seamlessly with your OEM7, OEM6 or OEMStar products.
After a five-month beta process with continuous customer feedback, NovAtel have developed the new NovAtel Application Suite to optimise use of your NovAtel product.
This Application Suite replaces NovAtel Connect with an improved, updated workflow-driven design to boost efficiency and performance — with no upgrade cost. Upgrade to the Application Suite to continue receiving the best positioning performance.
The NovAtel Application Suite allows users to access their receiver’s many features without the need of a terminal emulator, and communicate with and configure a receiver through serial port, USB, WiFi or ethernet connection.
NovAtel Application Suite provides the following key upgrades:
- A user-friendly interface with task-based, workflow-driven design to give better guidance and support during setup and configuration
- A re-imagined GNSS interference detection display driven by our Interference Toolkit (ITK) to monitor and mitigate interference from impacting receiver performance
- A stable connection to receivers for increased reliability and superior software performance
- An advanced Playback Tool allowing users to analyze specific events and generate smaller file sizes for further investigation
- Optional automatic updates to ensure the software is always functioning on the latest version
The NovAtel Application Suite is available for all OEM6 and OEMStar products as a free upgrade to all existing users.
We are proud to give valuable support to The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, helping the Regimental Headquarters in providing welfare to serving and retired soldiers, their families and dependants.
Since its formation in 1968, the Regimental Headquarters has been responsible for providing welfare and benevolence to serving and retired soldiers and their families. The Regiment Support Service is a non-profit organisation assisting the British Army in raising funds. One way of raising money for welfare is to produce a Regimental diary for issue and sale to soldiers and civilians which is supported by voluntary sponsorships like ours. The diaries can be sold as way of raising funds and are also given free to all soldiers who are currently serving at home and abroad in the various conflicts throughout the world.
We’re honoured to be recognised as a ‘Friend of the Regiment’.
For more information about The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and The Regiment Support Service visit: http://www.regimentsupportservice.org/
Forsberg are proud to be collaborating with fellow Lancaster based businesses Like Technologies, Milliamp Technologies, OTAQ, Rinicom and Northern HiTech in forming a consortium to develop specialist electronic engineering skills in our area.
The project, known as Tech Lancaster, is the first of its kind in the UK and one of fourteen to receive funding from a £3 million joint venture between UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).
The fund will be utilised to provide employer led, top-up technical training in and around the Lancaster area for both existing and prospective staff, with participants who finish the scheme guaranteed interviews at consortia companies. The training will include distance learning modules (MOOCs) and workshop/lab based tuition to help candidates gain industry specific skills (such as IPC certification) to get them work ready for local employers in the electronics and tech sector. The consortia will be working in conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe College and other partners to deliver the scheme.
Giving back to our community and putting Lancaster on the map
Forsberg have always strived to support our local community and see this initiative as an opportunity to increase accessibility to skilled jobs for local people in the technology and electronics sector.
Interested in a career in electronics or technology?
Applications for the study programme are open! Whatever your background, if you love electronics and technology Tech Lancaster are ready to welcome your application. Apply here.