The latest £5 million investment from the EEF takes the manufacturers’ organisation’s total funding for the AMH to £11m. The 32 roles will be in training of advanced manufacturing techniques, with candidates taken from a pool of teachers and seasoned industrialists looking to move into training roles.
The new centre will also host the EEF’s soon-to-be-launched Leadership Institute and Manufacturing Academy, which will play a key role in ensuring UK manufacturing stays at the forefront of Industry 4.0.
The technology training centre was officially opened in April 2014 by local MP Khalid Mahmood. In November last year it unveiled additional investment of £2 million into providing nine additional new training sections containing £700,000 of high-tech equipment. It currently works in partnership with over 80 employers.
Caroline Gumble, chief operating officer at EEF, said the announcement “underlines our commitment to UK manufacturing”.
“It is about ensuring manufacturers and engineers learn the valuable skills that future industry will need. This will keep them, and our sector, one step ahead as UK manufacturers compete in an increasingly global and technologically advanced field,” she continued.
“It’s also an exciting opportunity for people working in industry – or indeed in a technical role in the armed forces - to change career, gain a teaching qualification and help to shape and train new apprentices.”