Monday, October 31, 2011

News: Government support for £20m Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Rotherham


A £20.5m training centre for advanced manufacturing is set to be built in Rotherham after the University of Sheffield was awarded £9.2m by the government.

The University of Sheffield created the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) earlier this year in response to the continued success around the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) in Rotherham.

Based in a new 5,000 sq m building, to be situated close to the AMRC and the Nuclear AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the centre will provide training for companies along the supply chain in high-value manufacturing sectors.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has awarded £9.2m from the Regional Growth Fund to establish the centre with the remainder coming from participating companies and other funding streams.

Announcing successful bids to the Regional Growth Fund at the Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "I am delighted to be able to announce this boost to business, which will jump start growth and create jobs that last in the places that really need it.

"This targeted support for businesses across the country allows them to expand and create jobs."

The AMI Training Centre will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to Doctorate and MBA level.

It will focus on high-level apprentice training, concentrating on sectors such as aerospace, energy and Formula One.

Over 200 apprentices will enter the centre each year, where they will receive nine to 12 months of intensive skills training. The training schedule will be guided by the AMI's industrial partners and participating companies.

Sheffield Hallam University will deliver part-time BEng programmes, while the University of Sheffield will deliver part-time MSc, MBA, Executive MBA and EngD programmes.

Professor Keith Ridgway OBE, dean of manufacturing at the AMI, said: "We are delighted that the government is supporting us in this initiative. It will encourage more manufacturing companies to employ young people, with the confidence that they are receiving the world class skills training they need to compete in today's advanced manufacturing sectors."

Tony Pedder, pro chancellor and chair of the AMI, said: "This is great news for manufacturing, particularly in the local region. The University's AMI Training Centre will equip the next generation of manufacturers with world-class advanced manufacturing skills, something that will provide a real boost to growth."

Professor Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, added: "It's wonderful that the University of Sheffield AMRC is able to drive forward regional economic growth through this initiative, by continuing to add to the city’s advanced manufacturing expertise.

"The AMI Training Centre will ensure that a wide range of young people can develop skills in advanced manufacturing from an apprenticeship level through to a Doctorate and MBA, providing them with a strong platform from which to launch their careers in the advanced manufacturing sector."

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