September 13, 2016
A pioneering new manufacturing and engineering facility in Lancashire’s industrial heartland has officially opened this month – with around 120 people attending to see the launch event.
The event saw the £1.2million Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) opened by guests of honour Edwin Booth, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and David Bailey, CEO of the North West Aerospace Alliance.
With demonstrations and tours of the facility, attendees from across Lancashire business had the opportunity to learn more about the high level technologies and lean manufacturing environment which are at the forefront of today’s manufacturing and engineering industry along with the wealth of opportunities available to businesses and individuals across the North West and beyond.
Over its first two years of operation, the training centre will enable more than 250 local people to study for Higher Engineering Apprenticeships and take part in upskilling programmes. Successful apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their studies up to degree level.
Including advanced equipment alongside a dynamic team of trainers recruited directly from industry, the AMAC is a unique facility which enhances the skills of engineers and manufacturers through powerful, bespoke training.
The project was thanks to £800,000 received from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership towards the cost of the facility, as part of a multi-million investment programme to improve the skills of thousands of people in a number of key areas of Lancashire’s economy.
Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said:
The AMAC provides a unique environment right at the heart of Lancashire which builds on the county’s rich heritage within engineering and manufacturing.
By upskilling both the current and next generation of engineers and manufacturers on cutting-edge equipment, we’re helping companies develop the employees they need to drive productivity and growth.
It’s exciting that we have been able to complement our key strength as an excellent engineering training provider with this technologically advanced manufacturing and automation centre, and I’m sure that businesses across the North West will be impressed at what the AMAC has to offer.
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) invested £800,000 in the project from its £30m Growth Deal Skills Capital Programme.
Graham Cowley, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board, said:
Improving the skills of Lancashire’s workforce in key sectors of the economy is an important part of the LEP’s ambitious strategic programme to transform the county and drive economic growth over the next decade.
The LEP is funding a network of new, modern training facilities all across Lancashire which will improve the employability of thousands of local people over the coming years.
We have committed to supporting 15 new training facilities via Growth Deal Skills Capital funding, of which the AMAC in Blackburn is the second to be completed.
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