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Wirral Met feeding the skills pipeline for Liverpool city region’s maritime sector

By Mersey Maritime

Wirral Met College is a key contributor to the Maritime SuperSkills project which is providing a pipeline of people with right skills required by employers in the maritime, logistics and advanced manufacturing sectors.
The project will enable employers to map and develop a complete skills progression from levels three / advanced and level four / higher apprenticeships through to level seven degree apprenticeships.
Working in partnership with the Maritime SuperSkills project, Wirral Met will be contributing to a sustainable future for the Liverpool city region, young people and the current workforce.

Wider choice
The project will bring like-minded businesses together to help offer a wider choice to some of the most deprived areas in the UK and continue to build on the positive impact Wirral Met already has in its community and further afield.
The college is well-placed to respond to the skill gaps and growth opportunities within the maritime sector. Its team of dedicated and experienced teaching staff has substantial commercial experience and strong links with employers across advanced manufacturing, welding and engineering maintenance sectors.
This enables them to develop talented people to gain the practical experience and sector-specific skills to support these key occupations.

Major investment
Wirral Met has recently invested more than £12m in up-to-date facilities and its new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre provides an innovative and skills-rich environment which includes specialist equipment that would usually only be seen in the workplace or a university.
Working with employers, Wirral Met has developed the STEM Centre and curriculum strategy to meet the needs of the engineering and maritime sectors.
Students and apprentices can progress from lower level qualifications to Higher National Certificate and Diploma programmes which support progression into jobs at technical, first line and middle management level and/or engineering degrees.
In addition, project-based learning develops their wider employability attributes key to successful and sustainable business; problem-solving skills, effective communication and customer service skills, research and development and management techniques.

High quality
Lee Hardman, director of United Air Power, who completed his level three qualification and Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Operations Engineering at Wirral Met College, is now working in partnership with the College to deliver apprenticeship programmes in his organisation.
He said, “It is fantastic to see that you have invested in Festo and Siemens equipment; in my opinion they are very high quality. It was also nice to see the robotics and 3D printing equipment.

“It demonstrates how the college is being innovative and has considered Industry 4.0 at the forefront of its operations. I can see that your focus on the success of your students is very important to you, not just through your efforts to provide cutting edge facilities but through your passion to succeed.”

Tony McDonough

Consultant at YBNews

Twitter: tonymc39

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Wirral Met feeding the skills pipeline for Liverpool city region’s maritime sector