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The AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham is helping unemployed young people get into the manufacturing thanks to the Prince's Trust charity and aerospace giant, Boeing.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the £20.5m centre focuses on students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships. It forms part of the The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, where the focus is on training in the practical and academic skills that engineering and manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to doctorate and MBA level.

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

The Trust's "Get Started with Product Design" programme will return twice in 2016 following its hugely successful pilot last year. The five-day programme is a personal and social development training programme, focussed on manufacturing, targeted to 16-25 year olds who are not in education, training or employment.

Made possible by Boeing's corporate citizenship programme, it combines the best of the AMRC Training Centre's existing, advanced manufacturing training and facilities, with the mentoring and life-skills support offered by The Prince's Trust; to give young people a helping hand to embark on a rewarding career in manufacturing.

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Eamon Myers, a 22 year old from Sheffield was one of the first participants to benefit from the programme, leading to him securing a new job as an AMRC Training Centre apprentice; sponsored by Riverside ECS in Sheffield.

Eamon said: "The programme gave me the confidence to succeed in interviews and helped me secure a three year-long apprenticeship run by Riverside ECS, in partnership with AMRC Training Centre.

"I am extremely proud of what I have achieved and would definitely encourage any young person who is unemployed to get in touch with The Prince's Trust. I feel immensely positive about the future now."

Following the success of last year's programme, Get Started with Product Design will run twice and support a total of 24 young people to help them develop professional skills in the area of advanced manufacturing.

Richard Chadwick, director of programmes and development at The Prince's Trust said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with Boeing and the AMRC Training Centre to inspire young people to consider career paths in manufacturing, engineering and technology.

"Get Started with Product Design gives young people who have previously faced barriers to education or work a rare chance to take on an engineering challenge with industry experts, and build their aspirations for the future."

Kerry Featherstone, operations manager at the AMRC Training Centre, added: "We are happy to be supporting The Prince's Trust Get Started with Product Design programme again this year. We feel the programme helps open up valuable opportunities for young people who may not have considered an apprenticeship as a route into an exciting career in engineering, and we are looking forward to welcoming this year's participants to the AMRC Training Centre."

Two "taster" days for anyone interested in participating in the programme from 1-4pm on Tuesday April 19 and Tuesday July 12.

AMRC Training Centre website
Prince's Trust website

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