An open day is being held by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation at its training centre in Aston, Birmingham. The event takes place on Saturday 11th February and is part of a drive to promote high quality apprenticeship opportunities and help leading local employers and would-be apprentices find their perfect match.
The open day provides a perfect opportunity for young people and parents to meet with firms including Jaguar Land Rover, Lear Corporation, Tata Motors and Precision Micro, to find out more about the training and careers on offer. Other firms taking part are BSA Guns, Hadley Group and Severn Trent Water. In total, 14 employers are lined up ready to meet their potential perfect matches and showcase their current vacancies.
Between now and Valentine’s Day, EEF will be encouraging manufacturing employers and current or potential apprentices to share what they’re looking for in their #perfectmatch when it comes to apprenticeships.
The event kick-starts two weeks of activities aimed at attracting talented young people into apprenticeships with firms that will nurture and support their ambitions. It will highlight the great bond that can grow between employers and apprentices and how, for many, this can lead to a challenging career that they love.
The open day also marks the first time that EEF’s newly built Technology Hub opens its doors to the general public. The new site, yet to be officially opened, will increase the number of apprentices trained at the centre to over 400 a year and will bring EEF’s total investment to £11m.
The open day will allow visitors to see first-hand the centre's world class facilities devoted to developing technological skills, including robotics, electronics and rapid prototyping.
They will also be able to visit the industry standard CAD (computer aided design) suite, the centre’s automated factory and its industry standard tool room – believed to be amongst one of only a handful in UK training centres.
Once complete, the new Technology Hub will boast 280 IT stations and £1.3m of equipment and tools.
The open day takes place 10am to midday at the EEF Technology Hub, Nobel Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU.
Activities planned include live demonstrations of the current apprentices programming and operating robots in the state of the art robotics cell, there will also be a visual display from the robots themselves. Visitors will also get to see a piece of work machined on the wire eroder, and will be able to take home a sample of this as memento of their visit to EEF.
Neil Withey, Director of Training at EEF, said: "This open day marks the first time we have opened the doors of our second site to the public and we're looking forward to showing them the fruits of our investment. The world class facilities plus the leading employers we work in partnership with mean that young people in this region have a great opportunity to carve out an amazing career.
"Our open day will give young people, parents and employers the chance to meet so that they can hopefully make the perfect match for a successful apprenticeship.
"Manufacturers are renowned for the high quality apprenticeships they offer. They value their apprentices and this event will allow them to demonstrate this and hopefully inspire and attract even greater numbers of talented young people into the many exciting and available roles."