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Employers Invited To Train Engineering Talent of the Future

Updated: 15/12/2016

Employers are being urged to get involved in training the next generation following the completion of multi-million pound engineering facilities at The Sheffield College.

Employers Invited To Train Engineering Talent of the Future

Apprentices Madison Hay and Kieran Ibbotson demonstrate new engineering equipment to Jason Pepper, Executive Director of Finance and Resources, and Heather Smith, Principal, following the opening of the building last year.

The £6.8 million Olive Grove campus, on Olive Grove Road, comprises a new teaching block with the latest technical classrooms, and workshops.

Marked by a striking steel sail design, the four-storey building opened last year and adds more than 2,600 square metres of new space with the refurbishing and upgrading of existing motor vehicle workshops.

Around £450,000 of new electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, motor vehicle, plumbing, heating and ventilation, and sustainable construction equipment has been installed. 

The College, which has a £321 million economic impact on the city every year, is investing in provision linked to sectors identified for regional economic growth. Employers can recruit apprentices for a range of sectors including manufacturing engineering, heating and ventilation, motor vehicle, plumbing and gas fitting.

Andrew Hartley, Business Development Director, The Sheffield College, said: "We have invested in these new facilities to provide the vocational skills and training that employers need to fill regional skills gaps, support economic growth and boost young people’s employment prospects. We want to urge more employers to get in touch to find out how they can benefit from working in partnership with us."

Around 850 employers are training more than 2,000 Sheffield College apprentices across a broad range of sectors. Advice on the new apprenticeship levy, being introduced by the government next year, is also available from the College. For more information, visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/employers or call 0114 2602600.

Steve Elliott, Head of Engineering, The Sheffield College, added: "The employers whom we already work with have provided some very positive feedback on the facilities and curriculum offer being delivered at Olive Grove campus."