Model scheme offers inspiration to others

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The Sheffield City Region’s AMRC Training Centre is already being seen as a model for others to follow.

The AMRC is joining up with others among the new high- value manufacturing “Catapult” centres in a move that could change the nation’s higher skills landscape and help to create “super engineers” for the future.

Catapults have been set up by the Technology Strategy Board, the Government-backed innovation agency that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating business-led innovation.

They are intended to mimic Germany’s highly successful Fraunhofer Institutes, which together constitute Europe’s largest research organisation developing commercial applications, products, techniques and technologies.

The UK Catapults aim to increase the country’s capability for innovation in seven areas – high-value manufacturing, cell therapy, offshore renewable energy, satellite applications, connected digital economy, future cities and transport systems.

When it comes to skills, the Catapults are working together to share best practice and the outcome of that process is likely to be the repetition of the AMRC Training Centre strategy nationwide.