Apprentice scheme aims to answer motor giant’s SOS

May 09, 2013


David Moss, vice president of vehicle research and development at Nissan Technical Centre Europe at Cranfield says the company is about 60 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.
Speaking at an employer engagement held at the Central Bedfordshire University Technical College in Houghton Regis, Mr Moss outlined the importance of developing young talent to meet the engineering needs of the future.
Milton Keynes College launches its Higher Apprenticeship scheme in September and is advertising engineering apprenticeship vacancies at intermediate, advanced and higher levels. More than 150 apprentices are already working with the college.
Principal and chief executive Dr Julie Mills pictured said: “The ITC was set up precisely to meet the needs local employers tell us they have.”
The ITC’s engineering facility 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.
The college runs full-time engineering courses for school leavers from GCSE equivalent courses through to a full-time HND. Many students who achieve an Extended Diploma in Engineering – equivalent to three A-levels – go on to study for a BSc Degree in Engineering or related degree.
Dr Mills said: “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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