Training centre to address skills shortage issue

Endress+Hauser has opened a new training centre in the grounds of its UK headquarters in Manchester. Former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo cut the ribbon on the £650,000 facility which offers bespoke courses for both customers and staff in the areas of instrumentation, field communication and process control.

The facility includes a 12-seater classroom, four process rigs, a workshop and control room to allow trainees to get ‘hands on’ with the equipment. It will also complement the company’s apprentice and graduate schemes.

“We take our responsibility to train the engineers of the future seriously,” said managing director David Newell. “In reality we have no choice but to offer our own training programmes due to the alarming shortage of engineering skills in the UK, made worse by the fact that universities are producing only 50,000 engineering graduates per year when the real requirement is closer to 100,000.”

Endress+Hauser is also forming partnerships with numerous educational establishments including schools, technical colleges, universities and apprentice training facilities.

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