Partnership with the EEF

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced in December 2014 a new wave of employer-led National Colleges to help the UK develop world-class skills in the advanced manufacturing, digital, wind energy and creative industries.

The National Colleges will cater for some 10,000 students by 2020, enabling bright young people to gain professional qualifications up to postgraduate level, and helping the UK close productivity and skills gaps with its international competitors.

The National College for Advanced Manufacturing is being led through a partnership between the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) and the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, to establish a National College with initial Hubs in the major facilities at the AMRC in the Sheffield region and the MTC in Coventry. The Catapult leads innovation in manufacturing – its role will ensure training equips learners for the future economy. The National College will be established as a network of ‘Hubs’ and ‘Spokes’ that will identify and work with the best established providers nationwide. The EEF are citing the GTA England members network as key partners in this and see them as the way to meet employer demand directly.

The EEF are working with GTA England to discuss its involvement in the National College for Advanced Manufacturing with its members becoming a robust part of the infrastructure to become ‘Spokes’. Although discussions regarding the National College are at an early stage, it is envisaged that it will become operational through pilot pathfinder activity in September 2015 and with this in mind it would be beneficial to convene a GTA England members day on 29th April 2015. We plan to agree proposals for the delivery arrangements including processes for management and governance and referral criteria.

Mark Maudsley, CEO GTA England said, “We are delighted to be working with the EEF and catapults centres in this exciting and much needed activity. It recognises the unique roles performed by GTAs, as employer led organisations, to respond to company needs including those of SMEs.”

Christian Warden, Programme Director – Engineering Skills said, “The National College for Advanced Manufacturing is a genuine opportunity to ensure employers have the high level skills to be globally competitive, working in partnership with GTA England gives us the opportunity to make this truly national and meet the wider employer need.”

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