Thursday, May 3, 2012

News: Plans submitted for £20m manufacturing training centre in Rotherham


The University of Sheffield has submitted plans for a world-class £20.5m advanced manufacturing training centre in Rotherham.

The 5,566 sq m development on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) will establish a centre of excellence, providing highly qualified people into industry in all engineering sectors.

It will be a key part of the university's Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI), created last year in response to the continued success around the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) in Rotherham.

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's focus will be on 250 young people training as apprentices each year and it could have up to as many as 400 students.

The centre will focus on high-level apprentice training, concentrating on sectors such as aerospace, energy and Formula One. It will also host part time CPD courses with the training schedule guided by the AMI's industrial partners and participating companies.

Designed by Sheffield architects, Bond Bryan, the building will include two large workshops of around 780 sq m each plus four floors accommodating preparation space, workshops, classrooms, offices, presentation rooms and a refectory.

It is planned to be located on appropriately five acres of the Waverley development known as the Highfield Commercial land that was set to be home to a 60,000 sq m government office campus.

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.

When the AMI Training Centre was announced, Professor Keith Ridgway OBE, dean of manufacturing at the AMI, said: "This initiative 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."

The target date for opening of the AMI Training Centre is September 2013. It is set to employ around 40 members of staff, taking the total number employed by the University on the AMP to 220.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute website

Images: University of Sheffield / Bond Bryan


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