Manufacturing & Engineering
Manufacturing and engineering remains a specialist core strength in Fife due to its long experience in the sectors.
Technology innovation is driving the pace of change within the industry and Fife is at the heart of it.
The expertise in Fife for manufacturing and engineering is very much a key asset. The uses and end products have changed - but there is still a need for precision engineering and manufacturing knowledge, and so there are many engineering jobs in Fife.
Although heavy manufacturing has declined in the area in recent years, it has been succeeded by 'Silicon Glen' - the high tech sector based around electronics. An area of growth has been recognised in the software development industry and electronics design. American retailer Amazon set up a software development centre in Edinburgh (the first outside the US).
Glenrothes still employs a large proportion of the local workforce in manufacturing. Tullis Russell is a large paper manufacturer and is one of the largest employers. Other companies with a base here include Bosch Rexroth (hydraulics manufacturing) and Velux (roof windows manufacturing).
Fife’s position as an area of engineering expertise is boosted by the availability of a range of qualifications and courses at Fife's Adam Smith, Carnegie and Elmwood colleges. Further to this, industry and training agencies offer a range of apprenticeships and work-based training opportunities so that there is a highly-skilled and talented workforce in the vicinity.