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Manufacturing specialist to showcase the virtues of industry-ready graduates at Subcon 2017

Manufacturing specialist to showcase the virtues of industry-ready graduates at Subcon 2017

The boss of the UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ will be urging more manufacturers to create industry-ready graduates when he speaks at Subcon.

Carl Perrin will give delegates an insight into the first three years of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) and how it has developed a new degree course that allows students to apply theory direct on shopfloor projects.

The collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing currently has 90 young people currently completing their BEng and MEng, with the first cohort set to graduate shortly.

When they do, they will be one year ahead of their peers after receiving hundreds of hours of practical experience, some of which has been spent overseas on industrial placements.

Mr Perrin explained: “The skills gap is widely acknowledged as one of the biggest problems facing industry and a lot is now being done around apprenticeships and getting more young people involved in manufacturing. However, the fact is a lot of manufacturers are still bemoaning the fact that they are not getting graduates that are industry-ready and this is something we’ve tried to fill with AME.”

He continued: “Our graduates receive academic knowledge, practical experience and insight into workplace culture and management experience. They will have overseen improvement projects on live Unipart production cells and some of these have been implemented to boost performance.

“When they leave AME they will have an immediate positive impact on the business they join without the need for that ‘bedding in process’. It’s a blueprint that we are proving works and more manufacturers need to explore similar learning opportunities if they are going to get the staff they need.”

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Is located on the Unipart Manufacturing site in Coventry and is housed in a 1700m2 purpose-built hub.

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
www.ame.co.uk

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