Pioneering training centre is regenerating the UK’s manufacturing industry

  • More than 200 employers flock to AMRC Training Centre
  • 150 first class apprentices, aged 16 and over, began pioneering scheme in January

The University of Sheffield's pioneering apprenticeship training centre, which will provide the next generation of world leading engineers, is today (23 January 2014) opening its doors to over 200 employers to showcase its revolutionary facilities.


The ground breaking 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 are set to visit the state-of-the-art centre in an open day which features 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.

Delegates will also be addressed by local growth minister Kris Hopkins MP; the Mayor of Rotherham, John Foden; and Paul White, acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield.

The AMRC Training Centre opened its doors for the first class of 150 advanced apprentices in January. Aged from 16, all of the apprentices come from a wide range of manufacturers with operations in the Sheffield city region, including Tata Steel, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters, AES Seal, MTL Group and Newburgh Engineering, and from 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.

Alison Bettac, AMRC director of training, said: "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 encouraged their potential and offers them new routes into higher education.

"They are able to take advantage of opportunities for part-time study, which mean 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.

"The benefits work both ways. Throughout this experience, employers are also drawing on the developing skills of a highly trained workforce who have been exposed to the very best in high-value manufacturing – skills which are vital to their own business success. And as a University, we are developing the expertise of the next generation of manufacturing who are so essential to the region's SMEs and our economic strength."

The AMRC Training Centre is based in a revolutionary 5500 sq m building alongside the AMRC with Boeing and Nuclear AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, within the Sheffield and Rotherham Enterprise Zone.
Paul White, acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, said: "The AMRC Training Centre is an integral part of the University's forward looking approach to education and complements the vital work we already do to support SMEs and larger companies in the city-region, in particular through the AMRC and our world-leading Faculty of Engineering.

"It also reflects our long-standing commitment as a University to developing the talents of young people from all backgrounds, and to reaching out in new ways to support young people who have tremendous potential but who may be taking different routes into higher education.

“As a University founded with an explicit mission to provide both economic benefits and educational opportunity to local people, we are deeply proud of the fact that the AMRC Training Centre is a national leader in how young people might access training and employment opportunities in ways which also directly offer progression into a higher education of the highest quality."

Additional information

AMRC Training Centre
The University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre is supported by the Regional Growth Fund and European Regional Development Fund, and provides training in the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally. As well as apprenticeships, the cutting-edge programme links with both Sheffield universities, giving apprentices the opportunity to continue their higher- level education from degree level work through to doctorate and MBA level.
The AMRC Training Centre also provides a range of courses for continuing professional development, providing a full range of training support from apprenticeships right through to bespoke training for senior executives in manufacturing.

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The University of Sheffield AMRC
The University of Sheffield AMRC is a world-leading cluster of industry-focused manufacturing research and development, training and business support. It includes two core research centres – the original Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (launched 2001), and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (launched 2009), both part of the government-backed High Value Manufacturing Catapult – plus Castings Technology International (CTI), the National Metals Technology Centre (Namtec), the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre and other supporting facilities, and the new AMRC Training Centre.
The AMRC with Boeing identifies, researches and resolves advanced manufacturing problems. It has over 70 member companies from across the supply chain, from global corporates such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and BAE Systems, to local SMEs. The AMRC with Boeing has received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in recognition of its world-leading approach to collaboration with business, and in 2011 it was named Boeing Supplier of the Year.

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Boeing employs around 1,500 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport. In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1 billion per year and the company’s activities worldwide support more than 55,000 UK jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.

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The Nuclear AMRC applies the same collaborative industry-led model to help UK manufacturers compete in civil nuclear and other innovative energy sectors.

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Amy Pullan
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University of Sheffield
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