Friday, September 14, 2012

News: AMRC Training Centre launches in Rotherham


The world-class Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Rotherham today.

The £20.5m centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to Doctorate and MBA level.

The focus will be on 250 students aged from 16 upwards, to be taken on paid apprenticeships with opportunities to progress on to postgraduate courses.

The centre will focus on high-level 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 industrial partners and participating companies.

Professor Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "The manufacturing sector needs to be proactive to rebalance the economy. High levels of skills are what will make the difference when we compete on a global basis in technology and leadership.

"What we are doing together to regenerate our region and to regenerate UK manufacturing is wasted if our research and equipment is not matched by skilled people. We need young people ready to accept the jobs we create and to take the UK forward.

"Together with colleagues from Rolls-Royce and Boeing, as well as with over 70 companies in the engineering supply chain, our partnership has shown that this region is a world-class hub for advanced manufacturing. We are not just creating knowledge and manufacturing breakthroughs. We are creating the skilled workers at all levels who will secure this for the future. This is the crucial next step in the wonderful work here at the AMRC and together as we make a step change in advanced manufacture."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "This initiative today, and the work of everyone, the commitment of the University, the commitment of Sheffield, across all parties, all of us, to a manufacturing renaissance in South Yorkshire and Sheffield, has to be part of a bigger picture - turning the page of social attitudes which reflect the long term values.

"It's a collaboration which I hope will really become an absolutely first rate way of getting people trained up with skills for the jobs in the future."

Plans for the 5,566 sq m centre were recently approved and it is scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

The AMRC Training Centre will also link with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University for higher-level education, and with the new Sheffield University Technical College (UTC), to provide a full progression in engineering training for the first time in the region.

Alison Bettac, training director at the AMRC, said: "This is an exciting time for the Sheffield City Region, with so much happening on the skills agenda, we cannot afford to miss the opportunity to ensure that everyone is on board and supporting the initiatives that will be rolled out over the next few months.

"It is our duty to ensure that Sheffield City Region continues to be the region of choice to attract investors and to retain and develop the talent that makes us so unique."

AMRC website

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