Friday, October 11, 2013

News: Newburgh Engineering signs partnership agreement with UTC Sheffield


Newburgh Engineering in Rotherham has signed a partnership agreement with the University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield.

With a state of the art facility at Templeborough, Newburgh is a specialist contract manufacturer of high specification component parts and assemblies for the nuclear, defence, oil and gas, petrochemical, aerospace and power generation industries.

The £9.9m UTC Sheffield was the first institution of its kind to open in Yorkshire and the Humber when it opened last month. Its focus is on two of the region's key sectors - advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media. GCSEs and A-levels are offered alongside specialist technical courses.

Newburgh has committed to providing industry projects and visits, work experience placements and four guaranteed interviews for its apprenticeship programme to UTC Sheffield students.

David Greenan, managing director at Newburgh Engineering, said: "Advanced engineering is a very vibrant industry but we find it difficult to recruit the skilled workers that we need. We are committed to raising the profile of advanced engineering, and the interesting and rewarding careers that this sector offers.

"Working with the UTC Sheffield will help us to address those challenges, and ensure that young people are work ready, and gain a more rounded education, so that we can address the skills shortages and generate more growth in advanced engineering."

Newburgh currently employs 28 apprentices in total, which is 20% of its workforce. It is also involved in other city region skills initiatives such as the AMRC Training Centre and Work-wise.

The UTC is sponsored by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors, but it is effectively led by employers within the city region.

Nick Crew, Principal of the UTC Sheffield, said: "The backing of employers is at the heart of everything we do. Their support ensures that our students develop technical skills, as well as gaining traditional academic qualifications, to generate business growth and more jobs."

Newburgh Engineering website
UTC Sheffield website

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