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Training centre iMET has welcomed the first Composite Technician apprentices at its new multi-million pound facility at Alconbury Weald, UK.
The new Composites Apprenticeship has been developed through the close collaboration between iMET and local business Codem Composites, along with National Composites Centre, to tailor the training curriculum to meet the specialised needs of the UK composites industry.
The first 10 apprentices come from Codem Composites and TRB Lightweight Structures. The three-year course will equip the students with a BTEC qualification, an NVQ qualification, and will prepare them to apply for their initial professional qualification, EngTech.
To mark the occasion, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor, James Palmer, visited iMET to see how the apprentices were being given the skills that will help them further their careers.
“To see the apprentices already at work is fantastic and what’s exciting is that this is just the start,” he said. “The UK has a significant productivity challenge, and the Combined Authority is committed to a skills agenda that offers real solutions for the local economy, with iMET a prime example.”
There is a significant cluster of composite businesses in Cambridgeshire, many of whom struggle to recruit staff with the required skills. The creation of the Composites Technician apprenticeship at iMET is an opportunity to put the area at the forefront of composites manufacture and therefore grow the local economy.
“iMET’s innovative training approach is truly industry led, ensuring that our advanced engineering programmes are tailored to provide businesses with exactly the kinds of skills they need to grow,” says Jo Sainsbury, Managing Director, iMET. “Our first dedicated Composites Apprenticeship programme has been developed as a result of working hand in hand with specialists from the composite industry and is a great example of us putting the iMET philosophy into practice.”
For local businesses such as Codem and TRB, it is this tailored, bespoke training approach that really makes the difference and will help them secure the future availability of skilled personnel as both companies gear up to meet their future growth plans in this dynamic sector.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for us to bring in new talent into our business,” states Monika Wiacek, Training Coordinator at Codem Composites. “Being able to partner with iMET to develop Composite modules that truly represent our business is a huge step forward for us, reducing the need for additional in-house training. It also helps us to attract and retain our staff longer term as our business grows.”
“It is our genuine belief that to grow our business we must grow our people,” adds Richard Holland, Managing Director of TRB Lightweight Structures. “We are giving local people the skills they need to grow their careers in TRB with the support of the iMET.”
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