AMRC Training Centre Welcome Meeting
The AMRC Training Centre held a meet and greet for apprentices, their parents and employers.
The evening began with a series of presentations. For many apprentices this was the first opportunity to meet the Director of the Training Centre, Alison Bettac. With her wealth of experience in the manufacturing sector, Alison concisely highlighted her expectations for the apprentices, encouraging them to seize the opportunities presented to them.
Chair of Newburgh Engineering and Chairman of the AMRC Training Centre, Vince Middleton, spoke of why the Training Centre was so important to the regional manufacturing sector and how it will produce a much needed workforce of graduate calibre, but who also have the essential practical skills than an apprenticeship provides. Newburgh stands out in the region as a company fully committed to apprenticeships with over 85 percent of staff being apprentice trained.
This was followed by a presentation by Wayne Miller from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). He discussed the benefits of apprenticeships and the value they add to organisations, individuals and the economy. The National Apprenticeship Service funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England.
Vice Principal of Barnsley college Val Mills expressed how proud the college is to be involved in the AMRC Training Centre. Barnsley College will be providing a significant proportion of the theoretical training. This will be delivered in-house at the Training Centre.
Kerry Featherstone, Head of Training at the AMRC Training Centre, ended the presentations by sharing her own experiences as an apprentice at BAE Systems and outlining the practicalities of the apprenticeship programme, including hours of work.
Following the presentations, the apprentices were measured up for their new PPE work wear by Arco. This also allowed time for discussions with exhibitors such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and STEM ambassadors. The training team were on hand to discuss the various pathways and answer any questions the apprentices and their guests had. The apprentices also had the opportunity to try out some of the advanced technology that will be used at the Training Centre, including a virtual reality welding simulator.
Overall, the evening was a great success with the apprentices leaving enthused about their future. The AMRC Training Centre is holding a final meet and greet event on the 30th September. Attendance at one meet and greet evening is compulsory for all apprentices.