Tech Lancaster have facilitated the award of 65 IPC certifications for both design and manufacture, including IPC-JSTD-001, IPC-A-610, IPC 7711/7721 and IPC CID, over the last 6 weeks.
IPC certification plays a key role in bringing value to the electronics industry and these certifications are crucial to UK hardware, digital, electronics and Electech industries to ensure high quality design and workmanship.
Tech Lancaster is the first skills programme in the country to award certifications of this type to their programme participants, some of whom have already gone on to secure new jobs as a direct result of the training provided.
As a founding member of the consortium, Forsberg are proud to have supported the growth of this inspirational training organisation which is already delivering value to the industry, region and individuals.
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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