AMAC to build on Lancashire’s rich manufacturing heritage

AMAC to build on Lancashire’s rich manufacturing heritage

A pioneering new manufacturing and engineering facility in Blackburn is set to build on the county’s rich engineering and manufacturing heritage.

The £1m Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre (AMAC), in Harwood Street, Blackburn, will officially open its doors on 9 September.

The centre will provide a major boost to the regions engineering and manufacturing sectors, playing a key role in future proofing their workforce.

It will enable more than 250 local people to study for Higher Engineering Apprenticeships and take part in upskilling programmes over its first two years of operation. Successful apprentices will then have the opportunity to continue their studies up to degree level. 

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has invested £800,000 towards the cost of the facility operated by Training 2000, as part of a £30m Growth Deal Skills Capital Programme to improve the skills of thousands of people in a number of key sectors of Lancashire’s economy. 

Graham Cowley, chair of the LEP’s growth deal management board, said: “Improving the skills of Lancashire’s workforce in key sectors of the economy is an important part of the LEP’s ambitious strategic programme to transform the county and drive economic growth over the next decade. 

“The LEP is funding a network of new, modern training facilities all across Lancashire which will improve the employability of thousands of local people over the coming years. We have committed to supporting 15 new training facilities via Growth Deal Skills Capital funding, of which the AMAC in Blackburn is the second to be completed. 

“Along with other training centres we are funding, this new facility will help provide the skilled workforce that Lancashire needs to maintain its position as the UK’s leading region for aerospace and advanced manufacturing for years to come.” 

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has invested £800,000 towards the cost of the facility operated by Training 2000, as part of a £30m Growth Deal Skills Capital Programme to improve the skills of thousands of people in a number of key sectors of Lancashire’s economy. 

The ribbon will be cut by guests of honour Edwin Booth, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and David Bailey, CEO of the North West Aerospace Alliance.