The Sector

Local Economy

  • In Wigan, the Manufacturing, Technology, Engineering and Science and Health industries employ over 13,000 people.
  • Strong manufacturing engineering base and our emerging environmental technologies sector is the fastest growing in Greater Manchester.
  • Wigan is the North West’s major food manufacturing centre.
  • The growth of the knowledge economy, including creative and digital industries, low carbon and environmental industries and food technology and manufacturing are likely to be the
    key components of a successful 21st century local economy.
  • Home to Europe’s biggest food manufacturer.

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing


  • Strong leadership skills
  • Lateral thinking
  • Influencing skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills



  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Core science skills

Food Design and Technology


  • Analytical skills
  • New product ideas and recipes
  • Design skills
  • knowledge in food manufacturing

Business and Logistics


  • Decision-making
  • Management skills
  • Creative and Critical thinking