Accessing the Best Advanced Manufacturing Skills and Training: A Case Study From the East Midlands

May 7, 2015 11:44 am
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Advanced engineering training at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Businesses establishing manufacturing operations in Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, can access some of the UK’s best further and higher education institutions, to find and develop people with the specific skills they need.

Here’s an overview of the first-class manufacturing skills and training provision available to manufacturing businesses, either in the Ashfield and Mansfield area or within a 1-hour drive time:

The Engineering Innovation Centre, Vision West Nottinghamshire College (VWNC)

Increasingly, modern manufacturing businesses are looking for adaptable people with broad-ranging capabilities that go beyond traditional ‘trade skills’. Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre has been created specifically to respond to these needs.

According to Brian Malyan, Head of Engineering, ‘the Centre is purposely designed to equip students with both the technical skills and the ability to adapt to technological advancements by moving between engineering disciplines. Increasingly employers are demand their workforce is both highly trained and flexible, so these are key parts of preparing students for the jobs market’.

VWNC’s Engineering Innovation Centre: Key Facts

Engineering Courses Offered: Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Engineering
Qualification Levels: NQF Level 2 to Level 5 (HND)
Specialist Areas: aerospace, polymer manufacture, rail maintenance, motorsport and race technology, food manufacture, electrical power generation, pharmaceuticals, paper manufacture, advanced automation.
Key Advanced Manufacturing Elements: CAD/CAM; Materials Engineering; Robotics; Business Improvement and Business Management Techniques for Manufacturers. [1]


World-Class Engineering Higher Education: Nottingham and Sheffield Universities

Two of the UK’s leading ‘Russell Group’ engineering universities are located within a 1-hour drive time of Ashfield and Mansfield, [2] enabling businesses to access the best, degree-qualified engineers across a range of specialisations.

Here’s an overview of the engineering capabilities and credentials of the University of Nottingham and the University of Sheffield:

The University of Nottingham – Engineering Excellence

In terms of overall performance, the University of Nottingham is ranked amongst the top 1% of universities worldwide [3]. And its rankings for engineering-related disciplines are similarly impressive: 2nd in the UK for ‘General Engineering’ [4] and 7th in the UK for ‘Engineering and Technology’ [5].

University of Nottingham – Engineering Specialisations 

Graduates from the University of Nottingham specialise across a range of engineering areas, including: Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Material and Manufacturing Engineering; Chemical and Environmental Engineering [6].


The University of Sheffield – Engineering Excellence

The University of Sheffield is home to one of the largest and highest-ranking engineering faculties in the UK, attaining an overall ranking of 8th out of 72 UK universities in 2014 [4].

The university’s engineering faculty incorporates the world-renowned Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a cluster of industry-focused manufacturing R&D centres and supporting facilities, including 2 of the UK’s strategic ‘High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres’.

University of Sheffield – Engineering Specialisations 

Teaching and research specialisations at the University of Sheffield’s Engineering faculty include Aerospace; Automatic Control and Systems Engineering; Bioengineering; Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; and Chemical and Biological Engineering [7].


Find Out More
Contact Invest Ashfield and Mansfield to find out more about growing your manufacturing business and manufacturing skills in Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.


[1] Vision West Nottinghamshire College
[2] Google Maps, 2015
[3] QS World University Rankings 2012/13
[4] The Complete University Guide, University League Table, 2014
[5] The Times, Higher Education World University Rankings, 2014-15
[6] The University of Nottingham:
[7] The University of Sheffield:

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