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£3 million training hub to shorten Shropshire skills gap

Published: Tuesday, 13 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The finer details of the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology (MCMT), which aims to narrow the skills gap in Shropshire, have been unveiled.

The MCMT, which is led by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger and Worrall, Salop Design and Engineering and training provider In-Comm, will create an environment for individuals to learn from engineering experts using the latest technology.

All of the training will be geared towards ensuring young people will be able to apply the newly learned skills in real life manufacturing situations.

Funding for the training facility has come from the Marches LEP, who have invested £1.9 million, whilst £1.1 million of private funding has also been pledged by the consortium.

The MCMT has outlined plans to help 2020 learners between now and 2020, and this will largely involve developing graduate and apprentice skills in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

It is hoped that the centre will create a strong pool of skilful and experienced young people that employers within the industry can tap into, in order to compete globally.

Matthew Snelson, Director of Grainger and Worrall and Managing Director of the Centre said the development is “one of the most exciting” in the manufacturing training provision for many years.

Closing the skills gap

The MCMT is seen as critical to closing the skills gap for Shropshire businesses and has created a number of opportunities for companies to donate equipment and machinery.

Plans are in place to create dedicated fabrication, foundry, lathe, metrology, milling, robotics and vehicle trimming sections, as well as a specialist computer numeric control zone and spray booth/mixing capabilities.

Gareth Jones, Managing Director of In-Comm, said: “There is a lot of work ahead to equip the centre and build a pipeline of learners who want to be part of something new and exciting.”

There are also plans to use the centre as a way of getting young people at Shropshire schools and colleges thinking about engineering and manufacturing as a career.

Graham Wynn OBE, chairman of the Marches LEP, added: “Plugging the skills gaps that currently exist will mean that businesses here will be able to grow and thrive. That means more investment and more jobs, which can only have a positive impact on the economic prosperity of our county.”

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