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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland: how to get involved

NMIS Insights is a series of online and face-to-face seminars from the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) will see the development of a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland. This flagship facility will work collaboratively with the existing specialist technology centres: Advanced Forming Research Centre and Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

NMIS is the future of manufacturing.  It is a place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, help companies become more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce.

Sound interesting? This is your opportunity to find out how your company can get involved and benefit from these exciting developments.

Join us for this webinar to hear a comprehensive overview of NMIS and find out how it and its Manufacturing Skills Academy (MSA) can help you access world-class expertise, equipment and training.

You will hear how the Manufacturing Skills Academy is transforming the workforce of today and tomorrow and how it builds on, and complements the training system already in place across the country,

With a focus on upskilling the existing workforce as well as training the workforce of tomorrow, the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy is helping the manufacturing and engineering community prepare for the future.

Cutting across all manufacturing sectors, this webinar will be of interest to anyone looking to find out how NMIS can help their manufacturing business and what support the Manufacturing Skills Academy has to offer employers, employees and young people.


Having gained a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics and an MSc in Laser Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and Heriot Watt University respectively, Sarah’s career began as a laser engineer with Thales Optronics in 1993.  After seven successful years, she moved to medical device manufacturer, Optos, as a senior optical engineer.  Sarah held various roles within the company, including senior director of manufacturing from 2017 until her move to the National Manufacturing Institute (NMIS) in early 2020.

Sarah joined the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board (SMAB) in 2013 and chaired the Board from 2015 to December 2019.  She was awarded Strathclyde Alumna of the Year in 2018, received a Top 100 award from The Manufacturer magazine in 2016 and was invited to join the Industrial Advisory Panel for Heriot Watt University School of Social Sciences in 2017.

Jim is responsible for leading the development of capability of the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy (MSA).  He has a particular interest in both organisational culture and people development, striving to give young people the opportunity and support required to grow towards achieving their career aspirations.

Jim’s career began as an apprentice with Doosan Babcock based in Renfrew. During his time at Doosan Babcock he graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an Honours degree in Metallurgy and subsequently an MBA from Strathclyde Business School.  With Doosan Babcock Jim served as Director of Asset Management & Product Development, leading the business’s manufacturing and engineering consultancy. He is a professional member of IOM3 and has been a Chartered Engineer since 1994.  In 2018, Jim moved to Skills Development Scotland and, alongside his new role with the Manufacturing Skills Academy, continues in the role of NMIS Skills Programme Manager with SDS.  

Jim is also a member of the Board of Management at West College Scotland, where he chairs the finance committee