Staffordshire automotive centre set for September

The new centre in Tamworth aims to train young people in the automotive manufacturing skillset.

A Staffordshire automotive centre aiming to develop skills in the region is set to open its doors next month.

The Tamworth Automotive and Engineering Hubs, which has received £2m in funding, will be used as a centre to develop engineering and automotive skills in the region.

The investment to transform the Tamworth campus of South Staffordshire College follows investment from Staffordshire County Council.

It will offer courses for students from the age of 14 in an effort to address the region’s skills gap and increase the number of young people undertaking careers in the manufacturing sector.

The Tamworth campus will build on pre-existing links with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, which it supports in getting local people to apply for semi-skilled roles at the automotive manufacturer.

Cllr Ben Adams, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for learning and skills, said the centre will have a significant impact on the region.

“We know that this centre will be one of its kind in this region and vastly improve the learning offer in the town and facilities for people attending courses.

“By having South Staffordshire College come on board to run the centre, it means the long-term viability is secured and the good links it already has with businesses can be expanded and strengthened.

South Staffordshire College principal Graham Morley said: “The college is delighted to expand the engineering, automotive and construction provision in Tamworth through these two hubs and is committed to working with schools, the local community and business to deliver the skills that employers need.”