The future’s looking bright

The future’s looking bright

A major new initiative designed to tackle the skills needs of the engineering and manufacturing employers of Greater Manchester has been unveiled at a launch event at the Manchester base of global engineering and technology giant, Siemens plc.

Engineering Futures - The Engineering Excellence Hub - is a unique partnership of engineering and manufacturing employers and skills providers who will work together to meet the skills challenges facing the sector.  The partnership harnesses the extensive expertise and resources of the area's major providers of skills for engineering and manufacturing companies bringing together Trafford College, Tameside College and Skills Solutions and a range of other providers to work with employers to design, develop and deliver solutions to the persistent skills issues experienced by the sector.

Employers will lead the partnership and drive the development of education and training in skills that really meets their requirements, now and in the future.  Engineering Futures already has the support of a wide range of local engineering and manufacturing employers spanning SMEs such as Trafford Park based Torkington Engineers Ltd through to large multi-nationals including Siemens.

Engineering Futures will also have a key role in promoting the overall brand and image of the sector, and raising awareness of the opportunities and career paths available to young people.

Peter Ryder, Tameside College Principal said; “Engineering Futures presented a great opportunity to realise Greater Manchester’s ambition to promote Engineering and Manufacturing as a key element in the region’s contribution to a stronger British Economy.”

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