Women in Defence UK Awards

On Thursday 25th March, nominations opened for the Women in Defence UK 2021 Awards. Anyone working across the defence enterprise can be nominated.

Angela Owen OBE founded the group in 2011 as she realised that despite the thousands of women working in defence, they seemed to be too thinly spread. 10 years on, the Women in Defence UK network has grown to over 4000 people and this year will be celebrating the women, men, individuals, teams and organisations working in defence of the nation, at its 6th annual Awards.

Angela Owen said “2021 is our tenth anniversary year. We’ve evolved from a small Linked In group to a community of individuals and organisations dedicated to improving equality of opportunity across defence. There’s still some way to go in terms of gender equality, but everywhere you look, there are exceptional female role models at all ranks and levels, and an ever-increasing number of people determined to help defence to improve. The Women in Defence UK Awards provide a platform to recognise individuals and teams, both as inspirational role models and for the work they doing to support equality of opportunity. We opened for nominations on 25th March. This is your chance to show how much you respect and rate someone’s achievements. Please don’t miss the opportunity!”

First held in 2016, the annual Awards are the pinnacle of the Women in Defence UK year. Over the past five years, 2000 nominations have been entered from across the defence community including the UK Armed Forces, MoD Civil Service, GCHQ, MI5 and SIS, defence industry and the defence third sector.

“It’s been a really humbling and overwhelming experience” explained Women of the Year 2020, Beth-Marie Norbury of Babcock, “I still slightly cannot believe that I won; it’s a wonderful feeling to be recognised in this way”.

Nominations will close at midday on Wednesday 26th May. To nominate or to learn more about the Women in Defence UK 2021 Awards go to www.womenindefenceuk.com/awards-2021

An Update from Andrew Cowdery, DGP Industry Co-Chair

Please access the newsletter here for an update from Andrew Cowdery, DGP Industry Co-Chair.

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Press Release: Defence ‘Builds Back Better’ with bold new Defence and Security Industrial Strategy

Building on the outcomes of the Integrated Review and the Defence in a competitive age Command Paper, the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS) provides the framework for government to work with industry to achieve those ambitions; driving innovation and improvements in productivity to ensure that the UK continues to have competitive, innovative and world-class defence and security industries that underpin our national security and drive prosperity and growth across the UK (Source, GOV.UK).

Click here to read the DSIS press release, where Andrew Cowdery, Industry Co-Chair of the Defence Growth Partnership, has expressed how ‘the publication of the Defence and Security Industrial strategy outlines how industry can play our part in the security, growth and prosperity of the UK defence sector. The closer collaboration between Government and Industry will maximise opportunities for the global defence market to partner with international customers to deliver both innovative and competitive defence capability to our Armed Forces and the international market.’

Productivity Through People Programme with Be The Business

The Be the Business ‘Productivity through People’ programme is a development programme for the leaders of small and medium sized businesses, many of whom will make up the supply chain of DGP companies.

 BtB have three programmes due to start by the end of March at Aston, Lancaster and Strathclyde. More information can be accessed through the BtB website here.

For more information on how we can provide your business with  invaluable links into the DGP community, please visit SME supply chain.

'Productivity Through People' Brochure

Please click below to browse through the brochure as this will give an indication of the impact of the programme.

UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter

UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter

The UKDSC is pleased to publish SME Engagement Newsletter (Issue 03) for the period ending October 2020.

The SME Newsletter will be issued at the end of each quarter (approximately) and will contain companies, identified by UKDSC Head of Engagement that have a unique offering and are interested in supporting the wider defence ecosystem.

The current newsletter contains companies that have a unique or unusual capability offering that may be of interest to you or your supply chain. The companies within the newsletter, have provided their company synopsis along with their contact details should your company or your supply chain wish to make direct contact.

Further information on capabilities and capacity can be obtained directly from the companies (contact details contained within each synopsis) or by return e-mail to Ken Turley (Author).

Please click UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter Nov 2020 to start reading.

For more information on how we can provide your business with  invaluable links into the DGP community, please visit SME supply chain.

DGP October 2020 Newsletter

The DGP October 20 newsletter contains:

  1. An Introduction from Andrew Cowdery, DGP Industry Co-Chair in video format
  2. Update from India Community of Interest
  3. Overview of the DDSF Portal Launch
  4. UKDSC Update
  5. Skills Group Update
  6. Value Chain Competitiveness Update

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Defence Digital Skills Launch Webinar

The DGP Defence Digital Skills Framework was successfully launched at Farnborough Connect. 

If you missed the launch of the new Defence Group Partnership Defence Framework this week, make sure you visit the Farnborough International website where you can still view the webinar and hear speakers from industry and academia discuss the role of the new learning portal and the importance of digital skills to the future growth of the UK Defence sector by clicking here

Alternatively, you can view the launch session via the below YouTube link. 

DGP July Quarterly Newsletter

Scroll through the newsletter on this page and make it full screen by pressing the button in the top right of the newsletter box. Or you can access the newsletter here. The newsletter contains:
  1. An Introduction from Andrew Cowdery – DGP Industry Co-Chair in video format
  2. An update on the UKDSC’s Japan Interactive Workshops
  3. An overview of UKDSC Innovation Activities from David Wotherspoon – Executive Director of Innovation at the UKDSC in video format
  4. UKDSC Update
  5. Skills Group Update
  6. Value Chain Competitiveness Update
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Launch of the DGP Digital Skills Framework

Getting Ready for our 

Digital Future…

The Defence Growth Partnership Skills Group invites you to join us for the launch of our new UK Digital Skills portal designed to ensure all of us working in the UK Defence sector have access to the necessary skills to take full advantage of the digital revolution.

The event forms part of FIA Connect, this year’s reimagined online Farnborough Air Show, at 1400 Monday 20 July.

Hosted as part of the ADS FIA Connect programme, the webinar features:

 

Introduction to the DGP

Andrew Cowdery- DGP Industry Co Chair

UK economy and importance of skills

Nadhim Zahawi MP

Business and Industrial Minister

The Importance of skills
in the UK recovery

Clive Higgins

Director of Government Affairs, Leonardo   

Our Digital Future

 Hugh Milward – Microsoft

Dr John Erkoyuncu – Cranfield University

Panel Discussion

Lynda McVay – DGP Skills lead (Chair)

Julia Sutcliffe – BAE Systems

Hugh Milward – Microsoft

Dr John Erkoyuncu – Cranfield University

Vicky Weise – Qinetiq

Closing Address

Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP – DGP Deputy Chair

Hosted as part of the ADS FIA Connect programme, the webinar features:

As a member of the UK Defence Sector, you have the opportunity to join the webinar and learn about DGP Skills Group initiative aimed at delivering the ongoing transformation of the UK Defence Industry and what this offers you and your ongoing transformation of the UK Defence Industry and whats this offers you and your ongoing personal development.

To register for free and to ensure your access to the event as well as the full FIA Connect programme, please visit the Farnborough Air Show website