Building will play key role in skills learning

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Think AMRC Training Centre and you think apprentices.

However, the training centre will also be playing a leading role in helping people from the workforce to learn new manufacturing skills.

It will also play a key part in filling the skills gaps for staff and Continuing Professional Development.

At shop floor level, there are plans for machining courses, incorporating training in both advanced and emerging technologies, high- integrity welding and other skills needed by companies aspiring to work for the nuclear industry and a programme covering hot working in the forgings industry.

There are also plans for a manufacturing leadership programme for team leaders and supervisors to operations directors, who are in short supply in the region.

“You can’t get operations directors for love nor money in this region,” says Alison Bettac, who worked for Sheffield-based advanced manufacturing group Firth Rixson before taking up her role as director of training at the AMRC Training Centre.