Wednesday, December 18, 2013

News: AMRC Training Centre getting ready for New Year

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The state of the art facilities at the AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham will be open for business in the new year.

The £20.5m centre is part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), where the focus is on providing the skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally.

Focusing on students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships, the centre provides opportunities through to doctorate and MBA level, plus continuing professional development.

167 newly recruited engineering apprentices began training in October and have been temporarily housed in a specially kitted out warehouse on the AMRC site until the new 59,000 sq ft building is opened in early January. 60 new apprentices are set to join in April.

The centre focuses 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 purpose built facility is almost at completion and every day sees a new machine or piece of equipment delivered. Spectrographic, a leading supplier of metallurgical equipment and consumables to the aerospace and other manufacturing industries, is supplying high quality testing equipment including hardness testers and surface measuring equipment.

Roger Davis-Green, senior trainer at the AMRC Training Centre, said: "I can't wait until we are in the new building. The quality and standard of equipment and factory layout are second to none. So far our apprentices have exceeded expectations with their capacity and ability to learn. Who knows what more they can achieve using the state of the art kit we are putting in there. I'm sure that all the employers that are sending their apprentices here will be truly impressed."

Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, recently visited the facility. She said: "The centre is led by a team of industrialists who have experienced the challenges of developing world-class talent, and learning specialists who understand the requirements of the manufacturing sector.

"The addition of 60 new apprentices next year is testament to how well respected the AMRC is amongst local engineering employers, and goes to show the wealth of opportunities available for our young people who are considering an engineering career."

On January 23, the centre is opening its doors to employers to showcase the new facilities, the benefits of apprenticeships and training and provide an opportunity for businesses to network.

AMRC Training Centre website

Images: AMRC Training Centre

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