E3Round UP – PMC provides unique training facility
E3 Recruitment is proud to be a partner of a unique state-of the-art specialist training facility for the process manufacturing industries.
The Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) based next to Kirklees College’s Engineering Centre in Huddersfield, is an employer-led initiative which meets the training requirements of the process manufacturing industries who share common processing technologies and needs. This includes food manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, all of which have come together to support this trailblazing project through funding, sponsorship or donations of equipment from both local and global companies, many of the donations involve equipment which is refurbished by their engineering apprentices.
E3 Recruitment Director Tracie Norton sits on the Steering Group for YCF and was introduced to the PMC through YCF, who have been involved with the project since the offset and is a key project member. Tracie has been a strong advocate of the initiative helping the PMC team grow their network, which is especially strong in the food and drink sector. E3R are instrumental in supporting the PMC in their recruitment needs.
The Process Manufacturing Centre building is due to complete in May and the installation of the state-of-the art fully operational process manufacturing batch plant, supported by a control system has already begun. The project is due to complete mid-July in time for the first cohort of apprentices starting in September this year who will also benefit from the adjoining packaging area and learning resource facilities and classrooms.
Brian Lawson, Head of Process Manufacturing at the PMC explained:“The Process Manufacturing Centre will be ‘fully qualified’ operational plant to enhance the training experience of apprentices, who will experience real life scenarios. Because the centre is employer-led, the processes and procedures will be recognised as best practice in the process industry using real sector specific case studies for learning. It will also be a network hub for the process industry, for example hosting their regional engineering meeting for global companies as well as various networking meetings for process industry organisations.”
In 2011 a Skills Committee which included Syngenta’s Nigel Wright and YCF’s Jill Mooney (another fellow E3 Recruitment Partner) identified through focus groups that industry wasn’t happy with the quality of apprentices. As a result a project group involving Syngenta, YCF, Nufarm UK Limited and Kirklees College have been working together since 2012. In August 2014 Kirklees College submitted their funding bid to the local enterprise partnership for £3.5 million capital funding to support their initial investment of £1million. This was later confirmed in December 2014 and the project start up commenced in January 2015. The rest of the funding is reliant on industry with over £550k already raised and an additional £250k needed.
Brian concluded:“There is genuine excitement from industry around the project with companies from across the process manufacturing sectors rallying together to make this a success. This is just the beginning and all the partners involved are eager to watch this grow and produce the next generation of apprentice technicians of the process industries such as food and drink, chemical and pharmaceuticals.”