Thursday, March 6, 2014

News: Manufacturing bosses go back to the floor at AMRC Training Centre

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As part of National Apprenticeship Week, directors and executives of local manufacturing firms have taken the opportunity to go back to the floor and find out what life is like for the new breed of apprentices at the recently opened AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham.

Part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, the AMRC Training Centre is a £20.5m centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham where the focus is on 250 students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships with opportunities to progress on to postgraduate courses.

The centre delivers high-level training, concentrating on sectors such as aerospace, energy and Formula One. It also hosts part time CPD courses with the training schedule guided by industrial partners and participating companies.

The first batch of 150 advanced apprentices began their training in January and are sponsored by employers ranging from smaller manufacturing companies to major companies such as Rolls-Royce.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP also made a private visit to the centre where the Sheffield Hallam MP was guided around the state of the art facilities by the apprentices themselves, hearing at first hand their experiences of hands-on education within a world-class University research centre.

Alison Bettac, training centre director at the AMRC, said: "The apprentices were really pleased to tell the Deputy Prime Minister what this earn-as-you-learn approach means to them, and to share their enthusiasm for this unique and growing opportunity.

"We were also able to discuss with Nick Clegg the way that this wonderful facility is challenging ideas about apprenticeships and lifting people's expectations of what apprenticeships can be.

"We want people to see the superb facilities we have here, and to understand what this can mean for young people and for businesses. That is why this week we are also welcomed employers to take part in a "back to the floor" day, to experience life as an apprentice in this environment. We know they are incredibly impressed by what we do, and what a skilled workforce trained in this high-tech environment can offer to their businesses in future."

Those becoming apprentices for the day included Clive Porter of Darron SBO, Mark Webber from Tinsley Bridge, Craig McKay from Evenort, David O'Hara from MTL, Vince Middleton from Newburgh Engineering (pictured top, left), Charles Robertson from Helix Tools and Mick Hood from Tata Steel.

AMRC Training Centre website

Images: AMRC / Facebook

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