Shelforce business manager Howard Trotter has been selected as one of only 20 Exemplars in UK manufacturing in The Manufacturer Top 100 2024.

He was recognised in the Top 20 as an ‘Exemplar’ member in the Inspiring Leader category for his dedication to Shelforce and his award-winning team in the last 11 years as well as the disability employer’s inclusive recruitment and training processes.

“It was a fantastic honour to be selected as one of the top 20 Exemplars at this year’s Manufacturer Top 100,” said Howard, “You don’t realise how big this is until you get to see and meet people from some huge manufacturing companies in the UK.

“But, while this is an individual award, it wouldn’t be possible without the team I have at Shelforce. They are the reason we have been so successful over the last five years and they are the reason why the inclusive recruitment, training and support processes we have in place work.”

The Manufacturer Top 100 was launched in 2014 after numerous studies identified a lack of role models in the sector as a key cause of the skills gap and is a published list of the UK’s most inspiring individuals and role models in manufacturing, as identified by readers and then selected by an expert team of judges.

It provides a platform for the recognition of exceptional individuals in the industry who are changing the face of the sector and hopes to encourage young people into the well-paid, richly rewarding careers that manufacturing offers.

Shelforce has won numerous awards in the past for its role as a specialist employer with 75% of its workforce with disabilities. More recently, it was presented with the King’s Award for Promoting Opportunity

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