Engineering training is coming back to the Aire Valley, with a new Industrial Centre of Excellence opening its doors in Keighley today.
The ICE for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (Creative & Digital Technologies), known as CE:AME, aims to develop a skilled workforce of young people to help a rapidly expanding local engineering and manufacturing base, and meet the increasing demand for a highly competitive workforce.
Engineering has been made a key priority by the current Government, and 13% of jobs in the Bradford area in manufacturing and engineering, with the number in the sector continuing to grow.
Leeds City College's Keighley Campus in partnership with Bradford City Council and Oakbank School has officially launched the ICE based in its college campus, in Bradford Road.
The centre provides a clean, high tech modern engineering and manufacturing environment, with a fully fitted on-site workshop including high quality industry standard machinery and equipment to develop and support the skills required for engineers of the future.
Working alongside and in conjunction with key local employers, the ICE offers a diverse range of courses and apprenticeships to provide skills training and essential work experience for a career in manufacturing and engineering.
A board of business representatives help ensure the curriculum is relevant and prepares students for real work opportunities; an additional 40+ engineering employers are also offering work placement opportunities.
“Airedale Springs is delighted to be closely involved with the ICE and fully support its objectives,” Company Chairman and board member Tim Parkinson said.
“With the recent resurgence of manufacturing and engineering in the UK, the launch of the ICE once again provides the town with a local base for advanced engineering training.”
“The ICE will provide a resource for local engineering companies and their apprentices to develop their skills required for the future.”
Leeds City College Senior Deputy Principal David Harwood said: “The College is delighted to be launching this facility which aims to entice high achieving young people and, with the support of industry, provide them with the specialist skills and technical attributes the engineering sector needs.”
The CE:AME is one of five ICEs funded by Bradford Council, which bring together educational and business partners and put businesses at the heart of helping to shape education delivery. The innovative approach aims to improve entry into key sectors and increase opportunities and skill levels for 14-19 year olds, while meeting real employer needs.
Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, said: “Industrial Centres of Excellence are a very innovative way in which we can match education with the economic needs of our district.”
“The new Centre of Excellence in Keighley will offer young people an exciting new way of developing their skills and learning.”
For more details on the ICE, its courses and facilities, please visit www.keighleyice.org.