Britishvolt has announced a strategic partnership with Northumberland College and the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to provide the skills needed at its gigafactory in the North East.
The company, which is bringing its £1.7billion factory to the Northumberland coast, says it will work with the college and center to train manufacturing associates and technicians through apprenticeship training.
Northumberland College will also support the BV FutureGen Foundation, the charity set up by Britishvolt which aims to help build a better future for local communities by providing entry and gateway qualifications to employment in STEM and energy renewable.
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Katie Sloggett, Head of Learning and Development at Britishvolt, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work within our local communities and help generate the skills needed for Britain to play its part. in the next industrial revolution. These partnerships will initially create opportunities for apprentices at levels 2 to 4, eventually forming part of a broader pathway from electrification skills to higher skills, up to and including level 8 (PhD).
“Northumberland College and the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center will be linked to the Britishvolt FutureGen Foundation, connecting to hard-to-reach communities and stimulating the aspirations and skills of as many people as possible.
“I am very pleased with the boost that is being given to Northumberland and West Midlands. These agreements, alongside the wider technical training program, will ensure that we have the people and skills we need for the 3,000 high-skilled direct jobs ( and over 5,000 other broader indirect supply chain roles.) Building the batteries that will power our electric vehicles for a cleaner, greener future.
Iain Nixon, Vice Principal Partnerships and Commercial for Education Partnership North East, which includes Northumberland College, Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form, said: “The arrival of Britishvolt in South East Northumberland is going to have a massive positive impact on region and its economy and we are delighted to partner with Britishvolt to help recruit new talent and develop their workforce through apprenticeships.
“The college will initially provide training for entry-level Britishvolt apprentices – production line operators and engineering technicians. Prior to the start of gigaplante production, a pilot engineering technician apprenticeship program will begin in September.”
Skills Minister Alex Burghart said: “The UK is leading the way in supporting cutting edge green industries and it is great to see apprentices taking their rightful place at the forefront of our green skills revolution.
“This agreement demonstrates what is possible when colleges and businesses work together to meet the needs of learners, local communities and the economy, and I encourage all colleges to follow Northumberland’s example.
Britishvolt says apprenticeship opportunities will soon be available on the BV Careers and National Apprenticeship Service websites.