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AMET Centre at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Warrington campus will launch in September

Digital Skills Partnership Warrington Local Growth Fund Skills May 6, 2021

Follows successful opening of AMET at Winsford campus

After the successful launch of the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training (AMET) Centre at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Winsford campus, the next phase of the project is underway and will see the specialist centre launching at the college’s larger site, Warrington campus, this September.

There has never been a better time to study for a career in engineering and manufacturing. According to Prospects.ac.uk, there is sector-wide skills shortages meaning trainees will have ample job opportunities. Additionally, engineering and manufacturing is one of the UK’s broadest growing sectors with almost 5.7 million people working in engineering in the UK, accounting for just over 19% of all UK employment.

Thanks to a £656,000 funding grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and support from local employers, the new AMET Centre will be fitted out with a range of specialist equipment designed for materials measurement, testing and analysis, and join the college’s AMET Centre in Winsford to enhance the provision of digital and manufacturing skills across Cheshire and Warrington.

The AMET Centre will support and train students in applying smarter manufacturing techniques and Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) such as robotics, industrial control and digital intelligence. There will be a focus on Mechatronics and Metrology at Warrington campus, with the curriculum developed in line with demand from local manufacturing and engineering businesses located in and around the town. The AMET Centre will work in close collaboration with local employers who have voiced a need to digitalise their manufacturing processes and are keen to upskill their current workforce and recruit skilled employees.

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