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Training Partnership to Bridge Northern Skills Gap

News - Thursday, 8th October, 2015

Bespoke training provider, ROI Solutions at Preston’s College, has partnered with the Yorkshire-based University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre to strengthen the provision of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses across the North West.

This unique collaboration between the leading skills development organisations will help businesses combat the skills gap by upskilling the regional workforce.

Launched in September 2015, ROI Solutions is a specialist employer-facing service at Preston’s College designed to provide businesses with a positive ‘Return on Investment’. Led by a team of industry training experts, it offers Apprenticeships, bespoke training, CPD programmes, e-learning and higher education courses that have been designed to align with a company’s skills and growth needs.

The aim of the Preston’s College partnership with AMRC Training Centre is to add considerable value to the range of training already offered by ROI Solutions, of which more than 80 per cent of its learners are adults.

Based in Rotherham, the AMRC Training Centre is regarded as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for CPD delivery and forms part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC. It has a long-standing reputation for upskilling the workforce across automotive, aerospace and nuclear sectors, which are some of the key industry sectors that are of major priority in the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) growth plan.

All courses will be delivered at Preston’s College which recently opened its new £13m iSTEM Centre with celebrity guest, Maggie Philbin. Courses will be predominantly delivered in the state of the art facilities in the iSTEM Centre, but can be delivered in other locations for appropriate group sizes. The focus for the first series of courses announced is on a variety of aspects of metallurgy, with the first course on the Fundamentals of Metallurgy taking place on 27th October.

ROI Solutions partners AMRC Training Centre

Pictured, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding, (L-R) Mick Noblett and Carl Speight from Preston’s College, with Graham Small and Declan Moore from the AMRC Training Centre.

Carl Speight, Vice Principal at Preston’s College, said: “We’re delighted to have AMRC Training Centre on board as our latest partner. Its approach towards skills delivery is very much aligned with our entire ethos and vision at the College, which is to provide businesses with the most employable workforce that possess the skills, experience and qualifications that the company and their industry wants and needs.

“Working in alliance with AMRC Training Centre and its skilled team will also enable us to increase our reach across the North and access more businesses and learners than before.

“We are very much looking forward to the road ahead and ultimately achieving our vision of becoming the leading provider of skill-based and STEM education in the North of England.”

Graham Small, CPD Training Manager at the AMRC Training Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with Preston’s College to provide opportunities for companies in the high value engineering sector to continue to develop their employees’ knowledge and skills.

“Our trainers will deliver a range of training, starting with a suite of one day metallurgy courses.

“We will also be offering opportunities for technical staff who are routinely involved in the processing or testing of metals-based products to secure the METTECH Metals Technology Certificate.”


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