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New £5m Manufacturing Training Centre Opens Near Leeds

New £5m Manufacturing Training Centre Opens Near Leeds

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 18 October 2016

A Brighouse engineering and project management company has now completed and delivered a new £5m process manufacturing training facility in Huddersfield that will help to train engineers of the future.

The new Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) at Kirklees College was opened with over 60 project partners, local MPs, apprentices and its main funder, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) attending a celebratory event.

Hailed as a ‘boost’ to the north by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy, it was awarded £3.1m capital funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal. The Growth Deal is a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region. The £3.1m fund was added to with support from local and national businesses and donations in the form of plant, services and equipment, making its value around £5m in total.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said: “This government has invested millions of pounds to fund Kirklees College’s new Process Manufacturing Centre to help boost growth and create jobs in the Northern Powerhouse.

“The centre will enhance Leeds City Region’s reputation as a hub for manufacturing and will give students the best training possible to get a job in the industry. I would encourage anyone interested to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”

Over 60 partner organisations from the industry have made contributions and pledges to a value of around £700,000. The centre has a fully operational process manufacturing batch plant (2000 litre) with control room, remote tank farm and a semi-automatic packaging line. This gives students and apprentices a learning experience in a real process manufacturing environment. This is supplemented by four classrooms, an IT suite and learning resource centre.

The new centre has enabled the college to develop its curriculum in line with industry demands, both regionally and nationally. The college was selected by the National Skills Academy Food and Drink (NSAFD) to as a national provider for two Trailblazer Apprenticeships. These new Apprenticeships in Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer and Process Operations are two of the first of the new ‘standards’ to be launched under the reforms announced by government to achieve more employer-focused programmes of training.

The college is also providing these Apprenticeships for other key sectors including pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The college provides Apprenticeships in Laboratory Technicians and Supply Chain Management, working hand in hand with the college’s science and engineering departments, and covering all elements of the process industry’s needs. The centre currently has 70 apprentices on its books, which is likely to raise to 300 in the next few years.

 

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