• The Prince’s Trust and Boeing launch new advanced manufacturing training drive

    22 June 2015 - Youth charity The Prince’s Trust, aerospace giant Boeing and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre have joined forces to help develop young people’s professional skills in the area of advanced manufacturing.

    The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Product Design is a five day training programme, combining the best of the AMRC Training Centre’s existing, well-respected Manufacturing Camps with the mentoring and life-skills support offered by The Prince’s Trust. The aim will be to give young people from across the region a flavour of what it takes to be an apprentice and embark on a rewarding career in manufacturing.

    This pilot programme, to take place in July, is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in education, training or employment and has been made possible as part of Boeing’s extensive programme of community engagement initiatives. Boeing’s initiatives in the UK communities where they work are focused on inspiring young people to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at school and beyond.

    Training Centre head of operations, Kerry Featherstone, said: “Our aim, from the very start, has been to bridge the manufacturing skills gap while promoting social mobility by being as open and inclusive as possible.

    “This is another step on the road to ensuring young people are able to make the most of their potential, despite the barriers they currently may face.”

    The Prince’s Trust has a dedicated Outreach Team and will recruit young people from the local community who want to benefit from the programme.

    Young people taking part in the five day training course will get hands on experience of a range of design and manufacturing technologies and the chance to work as a team to design and make a product that could be used by airline passengers. They will also see the latest additive manufacturing and virtual reality technology in action as well as receiving free practical training designed to enhance their career prospects.

    Following successful completion of their training the young people will receive three months of professional and pastoral support, designed to help them move into education, training or employment, which could include returning to the AMRC Training Centre as an apprentice, with the opportunity to go on to study for a degree. Further support and advice will also be available for anyone who doesn’t have appropriate qualifications for a place at a college or as an apprentice.

    “The future of the aerospace industry in the UK relies on young people today choosing to train in technical and engineering fields. I am proud to say that the “Get Started With Product Design” course is a powerful first step on that journey,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president, Boeing UK & Ireland. “I wish all the trainees the best of luck and I hope to see some of them working in aerospace in the future.”

    Karis Eaglestone, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Prince’s Trust said: “We are thrilled to partner with Boeing and the ARMC on this innovative programme. We hope it can go some way to bridging the manufacturing skills gap whilst providing disadvantaged young people in the region with the skills, motivation and confidence to move into training or employment. “

    For more information or to book a place on the Get Started with Product Design programme, contact Les Smith: Email leslie.smith@princes-trust.org.uk or phone 07506711643 or text AMRC to 07506711643.

    About The Prince’s Trust

    Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

    Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.

    Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

    About Boeing

    Boeing employs more than 1,800 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry.

    Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2014 was £1.4 billion ($2.2 billion) and the company’s activities worldwide support more than 55,000 UK jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.

    Boeing was the founding member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre which has become a world-class centre for research into advanced manufacturing technologies and established the AMRC Training Centre.

    About the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre

    The University of Sheffield's pioneering apprenticeship training centre was established to train the next generation of world leading engineers.

    The Centre opened its doors in January 2014 and is currently training more than 400 people aged from 16, including second year apprentices who spend one day a week at the Centre.

    Thanks to its links with both Sheffield universities, apprentices can go on to study for higher-level qualifications up to doctorate and MBA level.

    The Centre also offers a range of courses for continuing professional development and is the joint headquarters of the National College for Advanced Manufacturing.


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