Thursday, October 4, 2012

News: Skills Minister visits young apprentices in Rotherham


Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock visited engineers of the future at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham this week to find out more about plans for the pioneering AMRC Training Centre.

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.

It was launched by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg last month.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "I'm hugely looking forward to being able to see young people working at the forefront of manufacturing excellence, developing technologies and techniques that will help the industry to thrive.

"Manufacturing drives growth and strengthens our global competitiveness. It is training centres like the AMRC that are playing a pivotal role in ensuring the workforce is the best it can be."

John Baragwanath OBE, projects director at The AMRC added: "The AMRC works with UK manufacturers to give them the technological edge they need to compete, and our new Training Centre will provide them with the same advantage in skills. We'll also give young people the opportunity to forge a career in some of the world's most innovative industries, such as aerospace, automotive and low-carbon power."

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

AMRC website

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