A skilled workforce for the future
Shropshire is committed to supplying a skilled workforce that will meet the current and future needs of employers – helping them to drive innovation, improve productivity and create wealth. It is doing this through its first-rate local colleges and training providers and the newly developed University Centre Shrewsbury.
- Shrewsbury Colleges Group offers a full range of A levels, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships with excellent facilities for engineering, construction, hospitality, catering and hair & beauty
- The Ladder for Shropshire initiative brings companies keen to introduce new blood to their workforces together with young people hungry to start on a new career through an apprenticeship, along with the training providers who can ensure they have the expertise they need to take their business forward.
- The Marches Institute of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) is a private sector-led consortium between Classic Motor Cars Ltd, Grainger & Worrall, Salop Design & Engineering and In-Comm Training Services. It has formed a CIC consortium that has been part funded by the Marches LEP to provide advanced engineering and automotive training up to a Level 7 qualification. The 36,000 sq ft facility opened its doors in 2017 and will provide as many as 2000 training opportunities to ensure that Shropshire’s workforce is skilled to be able to support these dynamic sectors as they continue to expand and innovate. It works closely with schools to develop talent for its future workforce.
- A new training college, Incomm Training, has also recently opened in Shrewsbury by Salop Design and Engineering Ltd with £250,000 of investment. It aims to train 40 apprentices each year for the manufacturing sector.
- University Centre Shrewsbury is a new and exciting partnership between Shropshire Council and the University of Chester providing high quality teaching, learning and research.
- Employers can also draw on graduates from nine universities within close range of the County. Around 50,000 graduate each year from these universities – a third of them qualified to postgraduate level. There is a particular emphasis on engineering, technology and science subjects, which all have enrolments above the national rates.
- Harper Adams University is a globally recognised specialist provider of higher education for the agricultural and rural sector. It is currently developing a Precision Agriculture and Engineering Innovation Centre and houses the Regional Food Academy and the Food Innovation Centre.
- With the Reaseheath Food Centre at Nantwich just over the border in Cheshire and NoWFOOD at the University of Chester, Shropshire is at the epicentre of an area at the forefront of innovation in the British food industry.
- By harnessing a wealth of innovation, training and expertise, Shropshire is securing its future growth and prosperity by fostering a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce.