Shoestring is designed to encourage people to use and develop their technical digital skills in manufacturing.  

The Shoestring approach provides managers with a leadership tool, which uncovers and develops digital expertise amongst their staff. By implementing the needs assessment, workshop managers can tease out the company’s business priorities from senior staff and then, using the Shoestring digital solutions catalogue, match each top priority identified with the relevant digital solutions area.  

The catalogue and the Shoestring portal give employees, keen to develop and use their technology skills, a step-by-step framework to start digitalising their non-core operations.  

Will Bridgman, Chairman of Warren Services, which manufactures precision components and mechanical and electrical sub-assemblies, is excited by the potential of Shoestring:

Those taking part in the process become more confident in what digital solutions can offer in terms of the company’s investment, which will lead to productivity improvements and also the upskilling of those working in industry.

Shoestring’s potential as a project-based learning tool has also been recognised by education providers in Scotland and Northern Ireland who are looking at how they can incorporate Shoestring in their teaching material. The programme is also ideal for use with apprenticeship schemes. 

Roddy Scott, Sector Manager for ESP Scotland, which works to build capacity to deliver skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors by collaborating with Scotland’s colleges and industry partners, explains the value of the project to the education sector:

Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring is a great fit for us because it is helping us inspire young people to come into STEM. It helps build skills, knowledge and capacity.


Find out how Shoestring could upskill your employees or be used in project-based digital learning schemes