Manufacturers' organisation EEF is putting the finishing touches to a £5 million addition to a technology hub which will train 400 apprentices a year. It takes EEF's total investment at the Birmingham-based apprentice training centre to £11 million.
The Technology Hub is scheduled to open its doors later this year and will incorporate a number of learning zones dedicated to developing key technological skills, including robotics, electronics and rapid prototyping.
It will have a suite for computer-aided design, an automated factory and an industry standard tool room. It is hoped the project will keep the centre at the forefront of new manufacturing and engineering technologies and help apprentices continue to learn both traditional and cutting-edge techniques.
The training centre currently works in partnership with more than 80 employers (including Jaguar Land Rover, Severn Trent Water, Ishida Europe and Tarmac) and recently expanded its apprenticeship programme to include higher apprenticeships for the first time which are aimed at those with A-levels and lead to a degree.
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