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Gainsborough engineering firms have teamed up with Gainsborough College and West Lindsey District council to design solutions that will create secure and lucrative careers for people living in the town.
Eminox, Wefco, Hooton Engineering and AMP Rose have formed the Made in Gainsborough engineering forum with the College and the Council.
The group is currently researching and developing a new centre of excellence at the College that could see selected students being employed by top Gainsborough firms while they develop the skills they need to build lasting careers.
This centre will also enable apprenticeship levy paying firms to maximise the benefit of the tax they are paying and develop their workforces.
Former Gainsborough College student Paul Cook is Operations Director for Wefco and Chairman of the newly formed Made in Gainsborough Group.
He said he was really excited about the impact it could have on the future of the town.
He added: “I firmly believe this could be the seed that grows into the solution for the long-term economic sustainability of Gainsborough. It’s time for Gainsborough engineering to stop being the Town’s best kept secret.
“We have many companies designing and manufacturing engineering solutions to the world’s problems. We also have a lot of job vacancies that we want to fill with local people who care about the town and are prepared to make a long-term commitment to us. The only thing that is missing is a training programme in the town that gets young men and women ready for work and ready to succeed.
“Gainsborough College and West Lindsey District Council are listening to our needs and working with us to develop an exciting solution that could mean a steady stream of careers for local people where they can earn extremely good money, build a life for their families and work on projects that will improve the world we live in.”
Gainsborough College Director of Education and Training, Michelle Guest, said she was determined to work with her staff and the council to deliver a solution that would meet employers’ needs.
She added: “Our college Group has a long history of working with engineering firms across the County and it is time to reignite our engineering offer in Gainsborough and ensure that Gainsborough College is firmly positioned as a centre of engineering excellence for the area.
“The people who run these firms are hugely passionate about their profession and the potential of people in Gainsborough. They have already made a significant commitment to this programme and we look forward to making some exciting announcements in the near future.”
West Lindsey District Council Economic & Commercial Growth Director, Eve Fawcett –Moralee, said: “Engineering continues to be a key sector for employment within West Lindsey and in Gainsborough in particular.
“The challenge is to sustain this important industrial sector in a difficult economic environment and a critical part of this will be to grow talent and skills within the area. We welcome the approach taken by local engineering firms and the College and look forward to continued dialogue.”
Engineering firms in the West Lindsey area are urging fellow businesses to come forward to join Made in Gainsborough. To express an interest please email Paul Cook on: PaulC@wefco.co.uk