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AMRC’s award winning training centre secures vote of confidence from Governmented Post

posted 12 Dec 2014, 05:24 by RiDO Rotherham
Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable has unveiled plans for a new National College for Advanced
Manufacturing, jointly headquartered at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing
Research Centre with Boeing’s award-winning Training Centre in South Yorkshire and in Coventry.

Dr Cable made the announcement during a visit to the AMRC Training Centre’s facilities on 
Thursday December 11, when he also revealed the Centre has secured National College status.

He said: "Economic growth is underpinned by technological innovation, a strong manufacturing 
sector and scientific excellence. The UK can no longer afford to lag behind countries like France
andGermany, which have invested heavily in technical skills at the highest level for generations.

“This new facility puts Sheffield and its surrounding area at the heart our nationwide drive to
create the high-wage, high-skilled jobs of the future.  It will give young people the opportunity
to access the best industry-led training as well as help local firms attract the talent they need
to grow their business."

The announcement means the AMRC Training Centre will become a key part of the UK’s new National
College for Advanced Manufacturing, which will be based at several hubs around the country and
will aim to identify the needs of industry and develop training provision to meet those needs.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF, are to work
with Government to agree the detailed organisational structure for National College of Advanced

Prof Keith Ridgway CBE, Executive Dean of the AMRC, said: “I am delighted that the new High Value 
Manufacturing training initiative builds on the success of the Catapult and look forward to working
with the other centres to make this a great success.”

Centre Director of Training, Alison Bettac, said: “We are grateful to Dr Cable for this vote of
confidence in our strategy of creating employer led training that enables young people who would
never have considered going to university to gain a job, practical skills and a potential route
into higher education.

“It is a massive opportunity for us to increase our presence in new sectors and offer them the
level of quality and provision we already offer to the aerospace, nuclear, oil, gas and other 
advanced manufacturing sectors.”

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said the continuing growth
of high value manufacturing depended on developing new breakthrough technologies and that required 
an increasing number of people with the right skills.

“The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is at the forefront of the development of new manufacturing 
technologies and as such, we are extremely well-placed to develop and deliver the kind of skills
training that meets current and future industry demand,” Mr Elsy added.

The AMRC Training Centre has plans to grow the number of apprentices it is training and expand into 
new areas. These will, include process control engineering, polymers, automation and robotics for 
food manufacturing and electronics and instrument control, which supports the strategic partnership
with the new HS2 railway engineering college being set up in Doncaster

The Centre also hopes to run short courses for up to 650 people a year, including CPD (Continuing 
Professional Development) courses, and to introduce higher education courses ranging from foundation 
to Masters degrees.

News that the AMRC Training Centre has gained National College Status comes less than two months
after HRH the Duke of York officially opened the AMRC Training Centre and weeks after it won the 
Times Higher Education Outreach Award.

The Award was presented to the Centre for creating a blueprint for bridging the manufacturing skills
gap and promoting social mobility at the same time.