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PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION

NEWS IN BRIEF

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HS2 WELCOMES OVER 400 NEW APPRENTICES

Within HS2’s Skills, Employment and Education Strategy released back in 2018, the company committed to creating at least 2,000 apprenticeships during the life span of the project and is now over a fifth of the way to meeting its target.

An upsurge in the number of people taking up apprentice roles is anticipated in the next two years as HS2’s supply chain grows, and more British businesses come on board to support the construction programme.

Kate Myers, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Skills, Employment and Education said: “We’re passionate about delivering meaningful training and employment opportunities, and upskilling young people is vital to the country’s economic recovery."

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A&M EDM – FLEXIBILITY, INVESTMENT, AWARDS

A&M EDM, based in Smethwick, specialise in fast turnaround manufacturing of high value, low volume components for demanding customers in automotive, aerospace, Formula 1 and precision tooling. 

During the year they have developed more flexible working for staff to remain fully operational during the lockdowns by implementing Covid safe working arrangements. In the spring A&M manufactured components for the ventilator challenge consortium and mastered the machining of complex aerospace parts in inconel, a superalloy notoriously difficult to machine. 

Since summer, the company has invested over £300,000 on a Mazak CNC Turning centre, Mitutoyo Co-ordinated Measuring Machine for metrology inspection and a 3D carbon fibre printer to print some parts.

A&M’s flexibility in this most turbulent of years has seen the company runner-up in the Make UK Midlands and East region SME of the year. Director, Melvin Wingfield joining The Manufacturer Top 100 role models, the eighth individual at the company to receive this award in the past four years.

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A STRATEGIC WORKING PARTNERSHIP

Dudley College of Technology’s Partnership with Avensys UK Ltd – working in partnership to deliver high quality, industry-led medical engineering apprenticeships.

Dudley College of Technology and Avensys UK Limited have forged an exciting new partnership, which will see the development of a niche curriculum in medical engineering. As the demand for skilled medical engineers continues as a result of Covid-19, this partnership will expand opportunities for learners at the college.

This strategic alliance follows an informal collaboration between the college and Avensy who have jointly been offering Apprenticeship programmes in Health Care Science, Clinical Engineering, and Medical Engineering since February this year. 26 apprentices joined a programme that will allow them to work in hospital trusts across England, qualifying for a range of medical engineering roles including servicing, calibration, repair, and fault-finding.

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