Wednesday, April 30, 2014

News: New intake at AMRC Training Centre

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14 new apprentices have begun their training at the state of the art 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 (AMP) 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. The training is employer-led which ensures that the apprentices gain a tailored set of skills and hands on experience that employers require.

Supported by the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund, 250 students a year, aged from 16 upwards, will be taken on paid apprenticeships with opportunities to progress on to postgraduate courses.

The new recruits have recently begun on either machining or maintenance pathways. They will be at the centre for between six to 12 months and will start with the basics, including health & safety, personal learning & thinking, engineering principles and so on. Rotherham firms supporting apprentices include Macalloy, Bennett Saws and Darron SBO.

Mick Fairman, trainer at the AMRC Training Centre said: "I'm impressed so far by the standard and calibre of the new apprentices. They are knuckling down and taking this opportunity seriously. We've got some good talent and I hope they keep it up."

The application window is now open for the September intake of apprentices with an open event taking place tomorrow, May 1 between 4pm-7pm. Trainers and current apprentices will be on hand to discuss life at the AMRC. Tours will be taking place of the facility that has been designed as a real manufacturing environment rather than a training environment.

The centre is expecting to fill 250 apprentice vacancies in September. To book a place on the event, visit the AMRC Training Centre website

Images: AMRC Training Centre

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