Apprenticeships in the engineering manufacturing and technology sector
The Manufacturer website reports that the National Apprenticeship Service received almost 370,000 applications for apprenticeship positions between February and April this year. Applications for apprenticeships in the engineering, manufacturing and technology sector increased by over 10% for the period – up to 59,520 from 53,560 last year. Demand still outstrips supply to the sector however, with manufacturing and engineering employers posting 5446 apprentice vacancies – an increase of 22.6% on February to April in 2012.
A new Apprentice & Skills Training Centre in Witton
The second piece of good news was recorded by Roberto Priolo, who reports a multi-million pound investment being made by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF: an Apprentice & Skills Training Centre is to be built in the West Midlands which will provide a world class manufacturing education. EEF hopes to open the Nexus Point training centre in September, in time to welcome the new 2013 intake. It will replace EEF’s Tyseley training centre, offering companies:
- access to training facilities
- learning, re-skilling and up-skilling of individuals, from apprentices to adult learners.
- double the number of classrooms and lecture theatres currently available
- workshop training areas with increased capacity.
- training for130 apprentices on any given day
- apprentices’ dedicated training work stations:
– CNC machine,
– CAD work station
– or welding bay.
Trainees will rotate around the various sections during their training and will have the opportunity to specialise in any skills area.
Manufacturing, mechanical and electrical pathways will continue to be the core offering and apprentice programmes will be designed and delivered to meet the needs of employers.
Business secretary Vince Cable commented: “With figures out this week showing growth in the manufacturing sector, it’s important we are giving people the right training to meet future demand. Facilities like these from EEF will help as we create the next generation of manufacturers. Apprentices will be able to gain hands-on experience in their chosen speciality, acquiring the skills and techniques that employers need to help create a stronger economy.”
See The Manufacturer June issue for more detail from EEF’s apprentices and skills director, Peter Winebloom, on the relocation of EEF’s Training Centre and its investment roadmap.