Apprentices at the AMRC Training Centre.

Training centre opens doors to industry

The University of Sheffield's apprenticeship training centre last week opened its doors to over 200 employers to showcase its facilities.

The AMRC Training Centre, supported by the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund, aims to create knowledge and manufacturing breakthroughs by equipping highly skilled workers who will go on to regenerate the UK’s manufacturing industry.

More than 200 local employers visited the state-of-the-art centre on the open day, which featured presentations from industry figures including Hamid Mughal, global vice president of manufacturing for Rolls-Royce, Tim Wheeler, industrial engagement manager for Boeing, and James Selka, production director at AES Seal, as well as some of the centre's apprentices.

The centre opened its doors for the first class of 150 advanced apprentices in January, all of which come from a wide range of manufacturers with operations in the Sheffield region, including Tata Steel, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters, AES Seal, MTL Group and Newburgh Engineering, and the AMRC group itself.

As well as apprenticeships, the centre links with both Sheffield universities for higher-level education up to doctorate and MBA level, and offers a range of courses for continuing professional development.

"The AMRC Training Centre offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn vital industry skills with the very best manufacturers in the region and the world. But they do this within the context of the University of Sheffield AMRC, which means they are also within a world-leading educational environment, which encourages their potential and offers them new routes into higher education,” said Alison Bettac, AMRC director of training.

"They are able to take advantage of opportunities for part-time study, which means they can if they wish also progress to degrees and higher-level qualifications, while still gaining experience with their employer and earning as they learn.”

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