Wednesday, September 25, 2013

News: AMRC Training Centre opens doors

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167 newly recruited engineering apprentices, their parents and employers, got together at the AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham recently to find out what the future has in store for them when the £20.5m centre opens later this year.

The AMRC Training Centre is nearing completion on the Advanced Manufacturing Park where the focus will be on 250 students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships with opportunities to progress on to postgraduate courses.

The centre will focus on high-level training, concentrating on sectors such as aerospace, energy and Formula One. The Government awarded £9.2m from the Regional Growth Fund to establish the centre with the remainder coming from participating companies and other funding streams.

The training is employer-led which ensures that the apprentices gain a tailored set of skills and hands on experience that employers require.

The meet and greet event provided the opportunity to meet the director of the Training Centre, Alison Bettac and hear from chairman of the AMRC Training Centre, Vincent Middleton; Wayne Miller from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS); Val Mills, vice principal of Barnsley College; and Kerry Featherstone, head of training at the AMRC Training Centre.

Vincent Middleton, who is also chair of successful local company, Newburgh Engineering (pictured meeting apprentices), said: "This centre is a result of many years of industry experts defining their needs and provides a very exciting opportunity for the sector and those going into it."

Newburgh Engineering has six of the new apprentices and employs 28 in total, which is 20% of its workforce. The new team were carefully selected from a record-breaking 400 who applied this year, with minimum eligibility criteria including a minimum grade C GCSE in Maths & English, an engineering-related hobby, some formal study of engineering and a positive, enthusiastic attitude to learning.

One of the six, Callum aged 17, said: "I feel very lucky and proud to be starting at this outstanding advanced training centre and look forward to my future in engineering."

And Torston, aged 16, added: "Being part of such an advanced and prestigious learning facility is exciting and my training here will give me the very best understanding of the many aspects within advanced manufacturing that will form the foundation of my career."

During their apprenticeship they will each obtain skills and qualifications including an NVQ, HNC and BTEC Diploma in engineering, before eventually specialising in either machining or welding and fabrication. After their initial year at the AMRC Training Centre, the group will come in-house to Newburgh for a further three years of training under close supervision by their dedicated apprentice training manager.

Newburgh is a precision engineering specialist that has it's head office and manufacturing facility in Templeborough, Rotherham and a site in Derbyshire. It is a specialist contract manufacturer of component parts and assemblies for the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, petrochemical, aerospace and power generation industries.

AMRC Training Centre website
Newburgh Engineering website

Images: AMRC Training Centre

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