Siemens and Trafford College have launched a skills and apprenticeship partnership in order to help tackle the region’s engineering skills shortage.
The partnership will see students from across the north-west of the UK train at the new Centre for Science and Technology, which has received over £15m in new investment. This includes a new lab, which has been installed with Siemens programmable logic controllers (PLCs), designed to help young people learn about factory automation.
Twelve apprentices will train at the college focusing on electrical engineering. By the end of their apprenticeships, the students will be trained and qualified to technician level in Siemens’ PLCs and drive technologies. Apprentices will study for the BTEC National Certificate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, followed by day release at Siemens for specific training on Siemens products.
“We are very proud to play such a leading role in boosting the skills of engineering apprentices across the north-west, which has the largest manufacturing sector anywhere in the UK,” says Juergen Maier, Siemens Industry managing director.
“By getting directly involved in the education of future engineers we are able to develop the skills industry needs to stay ahead of international competition. This partnership is a vital part of helping create the green industrial jobs of the future.”
“Trafford College is delighted to be working alongside Siemens in what are very exciting times for the STEM industry,” said Sir Bill Moorcroft, principle of Trafford College.
“The college has invested £15m in our new Centre for Science and Technology, and through our innovative partnership with Siemens we are developing the next generation of skilled apprentices. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Siemens and employers large and small, to develop the skills needed to grow our economy.”