Redditch engineering centre to help plug the skills gap

Redditch engineering centre to help plug the skills gap

A new engineering training facility opening in Redditch in the autumn is set to train up to 200 young apprentice engineers over the next four years.

The new Engineering Centre of Excellence in Arrow Road, Redditch, will be run by specialist training provider, Midland Group Training Services (MGTS).

It will provide a dedicated local facility to ensure that young people within the area can be trained to provide the engineering skills that local companies require.

Lee Weatherly of MGTS said: “We are passionate about apprenticeships and delivering training that is completely relevant to the world of work.

“We work very closely with companies to make sure our apprentices have the skills and the right attitudes that employers require.

“We know that there is a high level of demand from our local commercial and industrial clients which includes the need for more and higher level apprentices.”

Council leader of Redditch Borough Council, cllr Bill Hartnett, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this project will become a reality in Redditch which is the manufacturing heart of the county.

 “Supporting and encouraging apprenticeships has been one of my personal priorities and as a council we are committed to providing opportunities for the workforce of the future.

“This latest project dovetails into our other scheme which offers post graduate placements from Birmingham University into Redditch companies.

 “We need an engineering academy and skills centre in Redditch, to offer opportunities to young people, to learn a skill – and not least our own younger residents who we want to be able to stay in their locality.”