The new Advanced Manufacturing Institute Training Centre will help close the skills gap in the UK nuclear manufacturing supply chain.
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI), which includes the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), has secured government backing for a new Training Centre to open in autumn 2013.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has awarded £9.2 million from the Regional Growth Fund to establish the Training Centre, which will provide training for companies along the supply chain in high-value manufacturing sectors.
The AMI Training Centre will provide training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from high-level apprenticeships through to Doctorate and MBA level.
Young people entering the AMI Training Centre will embark on a lifetime of learning that can take them through specialised technician training, part-time undergraduate and Masters study, to Executive MBA and Engineering Doctorate study, all within the same institution.
Over 200 apprentices will enter the AMI Training Centre each year, where they will receive nine to 12 months of intensive skills training. The training schedule will be guided by the AMI’s industrial partners (including Nuclear AMRC member companies) and participating companies.
Sheffield Hallam University will deliver part-time BEng programme, while the University of Sheffield will deliver part-time MSc, MBA, Executive MBA and EngD programmes.
Professor Keith Ridgway OBE, Executive Dean of Manufacturing at the AMI and Programme Director at the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We are delighted that the government is supporting us in this initiative. It will encourage more manufacturing companies to employ young people, with the confidence that they are receiving the world class skills training they need to compete in today’s advanced manufacturing sectors.”
Tony Pedder, Pro Chancellor and Chair of the AMI, said: “This is great news for manufacturing, particularly in the local region. The University’s AMI Training Centre will equip the next generation of manufacturers with world-class advanced manufacturing skills, something that will provide a real boost to growth.”
The AMI Training Centre will be based in a new 5,000 sq m building, to be situated close to the Nuclear AMRC and AMRC with Boeing on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, South Yorkshire. It will open for business in September 2013. Total costs for establishing the Training Centre are £20.5 million, with the remainder coming from participating companies and other funding streams.
The Nuclear AMRC is developing a programme of skills and training services to ensure that the UK nuclear manufacturing supply chain has the skills required to compete in the global market.
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) is a new self-standing centre for research, knowledge exchange, teaching and learning within the academic structure of the University of Sheffield. AMI was created in 2011 in response to the continued success and growth of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing. It includes the AMRC with Boeing, the Nuclear AMRC, and the new Knowledge Transfer Centre (due to open in the new year).