December 3, 2015
The project is thanks to £800,000 received from The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) towards the cost of the facility, which will open in early spring next year.
Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub, said:
“The LEP has a multi-million pound investment programme to improve the skills of thousands of local people in a number of key areas of Lancashire’s economy, such as advanced manufacturing, where a more skilled workforce is crucial for growth.”
In its first two years, more than 250 local people will be able to study for Higher Engineering Apprenticeships and take part in upskilling programmes in partnership with businesses, driving skills and economy across the North West. Successful apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their studies up to Degree level.
MP Kate Hollern said:
“I am delighted about this investment in the local area and the boost for higher-level Apprenticeships. This new advanced engineering manufacturing centre will provide an amazing opportunity which will be fantastic for young people and businesses alike.”
Work has begun installing cutting-edge equipment supplied by world leading machinery manufacturers such as Coventry-based DMG Mori. The installation of the most advanced equipment will provide a world class manufacturing environment, adding value to industry and supporting the region’s SME and blue-chip organisations in improving manufacturing product development efficiencies and capability.
Steve Finn, Managing Director of DMG MORI UK, said;
“By working with Training 2000, we will be able to help them in their objectives of developing the skills of young engineers and in offering technical advice to local businesses. This fits well with our policy of promoting new and innovative manufacturing techniques and inspiring young people to follow a career in engineering.”
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