Hurco announce Partnership with Kirklees College
Three brand new Hurco machines, a TM8i Lathe, VMX30Mi 3-axis Machining Centre and VM10Ui 5-axis Machining Centre have been installed at the new state-of-the-art specialist engineering and motor vehicle training centre on Turnbridge Road, just off St. Andrews Road in Huddersfield.
Kirklees College specialises in giving apprentices the type of vocational training that industry requires. An apprenticeship is a work based training programme designed to meet the needs of employers, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. Partnerships with leading industrial companies are therefore essential. The partnership with Hurco is a perfect example. It allows trainees to gain hands on experience using the latest CNC controls and machinery.
The Hurco WinMax control is particularly well suited to a college environment, because it can accept data in so many different formats. This allows students to programme machines using NC code, conversational programming from a sketch or drawing, or direct on the control from dxf.
"The demand for engineering apprenticeships is definitely on the up" says John Markowycz, Curriculum Team Leader for Engineering Employer Programmes. The last two years has seen a 50% increase in apprenticeship uptake in engineering. School leavers are once again looking at engineering as an interesting and profitable future career".
Kirklees College is currently training apprentices from larger manufacturers such as Borg Warner, Leeds Bronze and Cummins Turbo Technologies, but are also keen to highlight that many smaller, local businesses such as Highfield Gears and Tom Brown Engineering benefit from the type of training provided.
Ideally situated close to the M62 in Huddersfield, Hurco will also use Kirklees College as a base for its Northern based engineers to carry out testing-time studies and machine demonstrations.
On Thursday 17th October 2013, Hurco, together with the Mechanical Engineering Department of Kirklees College invite you to an Open Day when you can see the latest Hurco machinery and discuss apprentice opportunities with the Kirklees staff.
The event will be open from 9.00 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.