Milton Keynes College ready to meet motor industry skills gap

Fri 03 May 2013

Milton Keynes College is ready to answer a call for more trained engineers from a senior figure in the motor industry in the region.

David Moss from Nissan’s plant at Cranfield in Bedfordshire says the company is about sixty engineers short and there is a lack of local skills, particularly relating to electronics.  It is a problem already identified by the College which invested more than £6.5 million in a new Innovation and Technical Centre opened last year.

The engineering facility within the ITC has state-of-the-art machinery specifically to deliver a range of engineering programmes combining traditional skills with the latest techniques used in modern engineering design.  Apprentices and full time students develop their skills in design, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, CNC, manufacturing and production

College Principal, Dr Julie Mills says, “From September 2013 employers can take advantage of our Higher Apprenticeship scheme which can be tailored to meet their individual needs.  Part time study on an HNC programme is an integral part of the available courses.  The ITC was set up precisely to meet the needs local employers tell us they have.”

Milton Keynes College is currently advertising Engineering Apprenticeship vacancies for employers with apprentices needed at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels.  These apprentices are needed by employers to join the over 150 apprentices already working with the College to achieve their qualification.

Dr Mills says, “We run full time engineering courses for school leavers whatever their qualification base from GCSE equivalent courses right through to a full time HND.  A high proportion of those students who achieve an Extended Diploma in Engineering - which is equivalent to three A-levels - go to study for a BSc Degree in Engineering or for a degree in a related discipline.”

“We are always very keen to hear from companies like Nissan to find out exactly what their needs are and work very hard to provide courses which are appropriate to those needs.”

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