Wednesday, November 13, 2013

News: AMRC Training Centre gets down to business

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As part of training the next generation of engineers, the state of the art AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham has taken on a number of business administration apprentices.

The apprentices are all employed in businesses around the region and will meet up on a weekly basis to learn all they need to know at the new training centre, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

During the year they will learn new skills so that they can handle the day-to-day tasks that an office requires and help make sure things run smoothly. With 97% of employers saying that effective administration is essential to their business, we know that helping young people get a good foundation on the career ladder is crucial.

Christine Ainsbury, contracts manager at the AMRC Training Centre, said: "I've seen the difference an apprenticeship can make and I'm determined that the AMRC Training Centre will offer the very best standards and make the employers proud of their apprentices. Our first cohort is bright, articulate and enthusiastic and I can't wait to see them grow throughout the year."

Local employers taking on apprentices include Sheffield Foregmasters, LSM and Eldon Tools. Three business administration apprentices have joined the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering.

Stacey Curtis, business administration apprentice at the University of Sheffield (pictured front row, left), said: "When I was younger I'd gone to sixth form but when I left I didn't really know what I wanted to do so I didn't go to University. I started working and I thought this kind of role could be good for me - I like to be organised. So I went on an OCR course in business admin.

"The day I got my results I actually came across the job listing on the Sheffield site. I knew it was a good place to work and a lot of places ask for experience now so this is a really good opportunity.

"I do really like the department I'm in but I think it's a great idea that we're moving around as it's going to give us a lot of knowledge about what goes on. By the time the apprenticeship ends I think the new building should be finished so maybe I can get a job there."

AMRC Training Centre website

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