Sheffield chosen as location for new world-class advanced manufacturing college


Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in Sheffield are set to be unveiled today.

Business secretary Vince Cable will announce that a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing will have its headquarters in Sheffield.

Mr Cable will unveil the plans during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre, in Catcliffe, which will become the location of the college’s headquarters.

The Government will work with High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Engineering Employers Federation to set up the college, which will collaborate with the best established providers.

It is hoped the college - which will also have headquarters in Coventry - will help develop world-class skills in the manufacturing industry in order to close the skills gap between Britain and its international competitors.

Mr Cable said: “Economic growth is underpinned by technological innovation, a strong manufacturing sector and scientific excellence.

“The UK can no longer afford to lag behind countries like France and Germany, which have invested heavily in technical skills at the highest level for generations.

“This new facility puts Sheffield and its surrounding area at the heart our nationwide drive to create the high-wage, high-skilled jobs of the future.

“It will give young people the opportunity to access the best industry-led training as well as help local firms attract the talent they need to grow their business.”

The business secretary will also visit AESSEAL in Rotherham to meet graduate Luke Purshouse, aged 23, who joined the company at the beginning of December and is the 100,000th person to secure a job through the Regional Growth Fund.

The company was awarded £1.7m through the scheme to expand is manufacturing capabilities.