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Boom in engineering leads to call for more teachers

Thursday, 3rd February 2011.

A national campaign to get young people into engineering is generating a demand for more people to teach them.

Patrick Hamilton, head of school engineering at West Suffolk College, said: “We have never had so many students on engineering courses. We have more engineering apprentices than ever before - a lot of new companies are approaching us about taking on apprentices.”

Over the next four years, the Government will be cutting corporation tax by four per cent and increasing the number of adult apprenticeships by 75,000.

Engineering is doing well in Suffolk. Nationally, manufacturers have seen output and orders pick up over the past three months, and expect another solid rise in production during the next quarter.

Both manufacturing and engineering are growing in the eastern region, and the college also offers training in energy-related engineering. There is a growing demand for sustainable energy technologies.

West Suffolk College teaches engineering skills across all age groups, from 14-16s school link pupils who come to college on one or two days a week to degree level students enrolled with UCS Bury St Edmunds. Full-time courses in mechanical, automotive and electrical engineering are very popular as well.

The college works with companies across the county, from big names like Delphi and Greene King to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Mr Hamilton said: “The boom in demand for engineering skills is creating a need for us to take on more staff, with relevant engineering experience, to teach these students.

“We are looking for people to teach part-time or full-time, as well as people to carry out NVQ assessment in the workplace.”

To find out more, call Patrick Hamilton on 01284 716539 or email patrick.hamilton@wsc.ac.uk

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