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.
We are extremely pleased to share that we have recently been granted the Bronze Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) lead by the Ministry of Defence.
This news follows our recent pledge to support those who serve, have served and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
A Bronze Award is granted to employers who pledge to support the armed forces, are open to employing reservists and veterans and uphold the values of the Armed Forces Covenant. As an Armed Forces friendly organisation, Forsberg have pledged to support the employment of veterans through valuing and recognising the skills and qualifications gained during service when recruiting for the company as well as providing training and career progression for those who join our team.
‘Forsberg already have a number of former military personnel within key sales, technical, and management roles. We continue to demonstrate our commitment to supporting the UK forces and recognise the value that the skills and qualifications gained during service bring to our organisation.’
Chris Mayne, Managing Director at Forsberg Services Ltd.
NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) was selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigates to meet a requirement as part of a protected navigation system. These vessels are 21st Century warships replacing the Type 23 Frigate as the workhorse of the British Fleet, undertaking the Royal Navy’s three core roles – warfighting, maritime security, and international engagement – on the world stage.
“The selection of GAJT for the Type 26 Frigates is the result of cooperation between Drumgrange, with its proven track record for rapid realisation of demanding defense design tasks, and Forsberg Services, an established navigation systems company and NovAtel dealer whose high-quality manufacturing was instrumental to the project.”
Peter Soar, Business Development Manager, Military and Defense of NovAtel said, adding,
“GAJT is in use operationally and has been shipped to 16 allied nations around the globe. We are grateful for the rigorous technology selection process conducted which led to this choice.”
GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, ensuring that the satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available. It is a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, and comes in versions suitable for land, sea, fixed installations and smaller platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Warships, military vehicles and platforms, networks and timing infrastructure can all benefit from the protection that GAJT provides. There is no need to replace GPS receivers already installed, as GAJT works with civil and military receivers including SAASM and M-Code.
Click here for more information about GPS Anti-Jam Technology
Forsberg are proud to have been supporting Exercise Joint Warrior in Cape Wrath, Scotland.
Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from 14 other nations. This UK-led Tri service, multinational exercise involved 3,725 Military personnel, 58 Aircraft and 16 Warships. Taking place over two weeks, the exercise ran through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations.
Forsberg’s Precision Targeting Software MANTIS is designed to Process, Exploit and Disseminate (PED) Situational Awareness (SA) across the battlespace, utilising smart filtering functionality optimised for available communications channels, from HF, via VHF/UHF to WLAN.
Forsberg’s Matt Harbinson said:
“Exercise Joint Warrior was a fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase our Precision Targeting Software aligned to a number of in-service platforms. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious exercise and support digital fires.”
Forsberg have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating our commitment to supporting those who serve, have served and their families. We recognise the value serving personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families, contribute to our business and our country.
As an Armed Forces friendly organisation, Forsberg have pledged to support the employment of veterans through valuing and recognising the skills and qualifications gained during service when recruiting for the company. We will utilise specialist recruitment agencies who are supporting veterans as well as providing training and career progression for those who join our team. Forsberg already have a number of former military personnel within key sales, technical, and management roles. We look forward to continuing to demonstrate this commitment and supporting UK forces.
Forsberg and the Light Dragoons, one of the British Army’s Light Cavalry Regiments, have been putting GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) to the test. Electronic Warfare is a significant threat in modern conflicts and it is imperative that essential PNT signals are protected from enemy interference. GAJT protects the Army’s GPS signal, which provides vital position and timing data, and was demonstrated on a NATO exercise in Poland during which British soldiers and industry partners worked together to test new capabilities for the Light Cavalry.
Dan Gardner, Technical Sales Manager from Forsberg PNT said:
“The Light Dragoons rely on a GPS signal for vital data and we were able to demonstrate that the GAJT-410 can provide protection from interference and intentional jamming and is easy to operate and install. It was a pleasure to support C Squadron of the Light Dragoons on Exercise Masurian Lightning whilst showcasing the key benefits of the GAJT solution”.
Head to NovATel’s blog to read more about the NATO exercise in Poland, the need for building resilient positioning systems and the work the Light Dragoons have done to examine the benefits of Anti-Jam technology >>>
Our apprentices have just completed their apprenticeships here with us at Forsberg.
John and Rory joined us in December 2017 as part of the work experience they needed to support their course with Preston’s College. Following this, they both chose to do an apprenticeship with us, also through Preston’s college, to complete their HNC and NVQ.
John said of his time as an apprentice at Forsberg:
‘I enjoyed having responsibility and being treated like a proper member of the team. Being allowed to complete and plan tasks on my own and feeling that my judgments were trusted.’
‘My college mates didn’t have work experience nearly as good as the one I had. I didn’t feel forgotten about at any point and thought everything I was doing was interesting. I really enjoyed working with GNSS and decided that Forsberg was the best and most interesting option for me.’
As their time as apprentices were drawing to a close, John and Rory were interviewed for positions within the company which they were offered and have accepted. As of next week, John will fulfil the role of Production Test Technician and Rory our new Engineering Technician.
‘I Plan to develop my engineering knowledge through a Flexible learning HND. Completing this whilst working at Forsberg and working within real life engineering projects and scenarios will allow me to greatly increase my engineering knowledge and skills.’
We’re excited to support John and Rory with their next step and to see their progression throughout their careers in engineering.
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of our move to North Quay offices at Heysham Port. The move represented the exciting next stage in the development of the business and provided a superb platform for our future growth plans. Although this year especially has proved to be a challenging one for everyone worldwide, we have still managed to make some exceptional progress as over the last 12 months we have recruited 9 new roles and achieved investors in people status.
Sales Director Jim Waite says:
“moving to our new office has provided a fantastic new foundation for the business. We have significantly upgraded our Engineering, Production and Storage facilities and the increased availability of meeting rooms has fostered greater collaboration across departments. The pandemic has presented a considerable challenge for business operations but the available space has enabled us to maintain our high standards of manufacturing and customer service whilst introducing protocols to ensure that our team can operate in a safe and secure environment.”
Here’s to many more successful and happy years of enjoying our fantastic location and views across Morecambe Bay.
We are pleased to announce Forsberg and a number of other Lancaster electronics businesses have been successful as a consortium in receiving funding from the UK Government’s Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to help get new talent into the tech and electronics sector in Lancaster over the coming years.
The project, known as Tech Lancaster was one of 14 projects to receive funding from a £3 million joint venture between UK Government (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP) and is the first of its kind in the UK. 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 make 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.
We are incredibly proud to be working with other electronics companies in our area to help address the skills gap and make a difference to those underemployed groups within our community. Recruitment and retention in the electronics industry is a constant challenge and as a company we strive to do our best to address this challenge and do what we can to make a difference.
Applications to join the programme are open to all and enrolment will commence in late September through the Tech Lancaster website. You can also follow the hashtag #FastTrackFund
Through the EnginE project our workforce challenges and skills gaps were reviewed, recommending a range of taster masterclasses to look at up-skilling key staff, and providing us with a Skills Champion Internship to help us get the latest version of our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system off the ground.
“Joe Dodd, our bespoke project intern – a second year Finance and Economics student at Lancaster University – had prior experience with systems and operations processes. He certainly met our expectations and the outcome had a positive impact on our business. Even now that internship has finished, the ERP system he helped to set up is live and still growing. We were impressed with what was achieved in the 8 weeks, and we’ve used the experience to inform the creation of a new role in this area.”
Dr Raphael Treffny – Operations Manager at Forsberg Services Ltd.
Joe says the respect – and the impact – was mutual.
“My presence provided an outside perspective, coming into the business with a lot of energy, with a different view on how things could work. I sparked some interesting conversations with staff, and within departments, and we got people coming together to create more efficient processes.”
“The internship changed my future career objectives. I realised that an incredibly positive and employee focused SME like Forsberg makes for a great company to be involved with. I hadn’t previously considered this an important aspect of a job – working with passionate people and still feeling cared about by the business at an individual level”.
Joe Dodd – Bespoke Project Intern, Finance and Economics student at Lancaster University.
For more information on the EnginE initiative and to read Lancaster University’s article in full, click here