Sheffield training centre unveils fresh apprenticeship plans after award

Comedian Jack Dee presents the Times Higher Education Outreach Award to, third from the left, AMRC Training Centre head of operations, Kerry Featherstone, with, back row, apprentices Alex Manning, Edward Allen and Russell Fox and, front, Louise Woodcock and Professor Stephen Beck from the University of Sheffield.

Comedian Jack Dee presents the Times Higher Education Outreach Award to, third from the left, AMRC Training Centre head of operations, Kerry Featherstone, with, back row, apprentices Alex Manning, Edward Allen and Russell Fox and, front, Louise Woodcock and Professor Stephen Beck from the University of Sheffield.

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An award-winning training centre which was handed a top gong by comedian Jack Dee has announced plans to ‘build on its success’.

The University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre won the Times Higher Education Outreach Award for its work on getting apprentices into degrees.

It is now developing foundation degrees which will further help apprentices to progress to Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering.

Director of training Alison Bettac said: “Many of the training centre apprentices would never have considered, or been able to afford going to university.

“The time has come to further raise the awareness of employers that there is this direct route from an Advanced to a Higher Apprenticeship and on to undergraduate and post graduate qualifications, which will provide both the breadth and depth of knowledge required for a more effective and innovative workforce.”

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