Skills Training UK shortlisted for ‘Training Partner of the Year’ at the SEMTA Skills Awards

December 20th, 2018

Skills Training UK is delighted to announce it has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Training Partner of the Year’ category for the annual SEMTA Skills Awards.

The awards, which will take place in London on 21 March 2019, will celebrate individuals and organisations that are bringing real value to advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors.

The ‘Training partner of the year’ category sponsored by Rolls-Royce, will recognise the excellence and achievement by a training partner in supporting and delivering training programmes for employers within the sector.

Skills Training UK’s entry for ‘Training Partner of the Year’ highlighted the long lasting partnerships it has developed with over 749 STEM sector clients, providing effective apprenticeships programmes for over 3,000 employees. 

By listening to employer and learner needs, Skills Training UK has been able to provide expertise on managing and utilising Apprenticeship funding, whilst allocating experienced trainer assessors to design and deliver effective business improvement programmes that upskill staff to meet employer defined objectives.

Aerospace manufacturer PACE, are amongst one of the employers Skills Training UK are continuing to work with, previously upskilling 24 employees (25% of workforce) with Business Improvement Level 2 and 3 standards. The previous cohort of Apprentices resulted in several internal promotions and savings of £380,978 (5.4% of entire revenue). PACE has commissioned to train the rest of the workforce in Business Improvement Techniques/Improvement Practitioner.

Ian Binns, Commercial Director at PACE, states: “The level of skills growth achieved by Skills Training UK has assisted in promoting dramatic workplace process improvements, cultural changes, increased productivity and securing the long-term business future.”

Skills Training UK’s entry also emphasised its contribution in tackling an ageing engineering workforce, designing and delivering new Non-Destructive-Testing apprenticeships in partnership with specialist training schools, which encourage young learners to join the sector. Figures showed that 61.3% of the 79 new NDT Apprentices enrolled in the past 12 months are aged 16-24.

An NDT Engineer degree level apprenticeship was also introduced in September 2018 to tackle a skills-gap within the materials testing sector, aimed at up-skilling experienced technicians and NDT project managers with further sector qualifications.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK, commented: “We are very pleased to be recognised as a finalist in the SEMTA Skills Awards following a strong year of growth in which we have provided and delivered high quality, high performing provision for our STEM sector clients. Through our innovative approach we have continued to develop genuine partnerships with learners, employers and other education and training providers to the benefit of UK productivity.”

Other recent achievements have included being named as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe – a celebration of fast growing and dynamic SMEs and also announced as a finalist for ‘Training provider of the year’ at the Times Education Supplement Further Education Awards 2019.