Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) Unveils Plans for New Centre
Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) accounts for 18% of the UK workforce but the sector is facing perhaps its greatest challenge with an estimated 20% of the workforce retiring by 2026 resulting in a shortage of skilled engineers and driving wage inflation as companies seek to recruit the rapidly diminishing resource pool available to them.
Leading engineering training provider Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) is championing the drive to recruit and train Engineering apprentices with the support of regional and local companies. With 55 years of experience HETA is best placed to support employers to recruit apprentices to overcome the challenges facing the sector.
As part of a wider property and growth strategy HETA is investing 5.5m into the build of a new training centre on the outskirts of Grimsby which will welcome the first intake of apprentice engineers in August of this year providing modern state of the facilities for learners, staff and visitors. HETA trains over 200 apprentices each year whist also delivering crucial upskill training to over 2000 qualified engineers. The investment in Grimsby brings HETA’s investment in skills development in the region to over 10m in the last five years.
The new centre will be equipped with modern learning facilities and provide a secure safe and conducive environment for high quality learning across a range of apprenticeship standards in the engineering sector. Building on its existing provision HETA will develop new apprenticeship programmes including Non-Destructive Testing as well as new courses to support the changing demands of employers with curriculum based on Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) and the use of Hydrogen as a means of energy supply. With an estimated 54% of the AME workforce likely to require a Level 4 and 5 qualification by 2024 HETA will continue to offer their highly successful and long established Higher National programme across the region.
Established by employers for employers in 1967 HETA has successfully delivered apprenticeship and Higher education programmes and upskilling provision across the region and is well recognised by employers for the quality of delivery resulting in an ‘Excellent’ grading from those employers. Servicing over 450 employers HETA prides itself on its long-standing reputation and an OfSted rating of ‘Good’ recognises the quality of apprenticeship provision.
‘Our ethos at HETA is to continue to invest in our facilities and staff to ensure we meet the continuing demands of employers in the region. Apprenticeships are vital to the UK economy and finding highly skilled engineering apprenticeships gives young people the first step on the career ladder. With an average salary of 48k for a qualified engineer we are proud of the opportunities that we have found for so many young people over the last 55 years’ commented Iain Elliott CEO.
‘With a changing skills landscape in the sector HETA continue to invest in developing new provision to meet the demands of employers and learners including expanding our apprenticeship provision and developing curriculum in Carbon Capture Storage and Hydrogen’ added Mr Elliott.