Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Six engineering skills projects win cash

Six schemes are to share almost £3M of government cash to boost engineering skills.

Ministers pledged to match funding being put forward by employers including consultancy BRE and surface engineering firm Poeton.

The six companies were selected under the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Fund, which helps UK engineering employers address skills shortages.

The six successful companies are:

  • Global carmaker Nissan - to help create the skills base needed to build its next generation of the Infiniti model in the UK, supporting 1,742 staff
  • Hyde Group - to train new generations of specialist engineers servicing automated manufacturing machines
  • Gloucester-based surface engineering firm Poeton - to establish a purpose-designed training centre to help it meet skills shortages
  • BRE - helping to replicate the skills provision of its apprentice and graduate schemes to offer all its staff the specialist skills needed to advance their careers
  • Start-up firm Tiger Trailers - helping it to develop 100 new posts in commercial trailer and vehicle body manufacturing
  • Lowri Beck - assisting its metering and data service team to open two training centres to meet the demand for new smart meter engineers

Nissan vice president of UK manufacturing Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “The start of production for Infiniti later this year will be a major milestone for Sunderland. It will be the first new car brand to be manufactured on this scale in the UK for 23 years and represents a major investment in both our people and facilities. 

“We welcome the support of the Employee Ownership of Skills Fund in developing the skills of our workforce. This will be critical in ensuring the successful launch of a car that will be exported to North America and China, the first time the plant has built vehicles for these markets.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Whilst I applaud the developments noted in this article - as a Chartered Engineer, I am bemused by what a 'smart meter engineer' might be? Is this someone who installs meters 'in the field' (houses/businesses) and thus is a Field Services Technician rather than an 'engineer'?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.