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.”