Engineering training centre opens to 60 young recruits after £5.5m investment

The careers of 60 young learners will be launched by the opening of a new £5.5m training centre in Stallingborough.

Humberside Engineering and Training Association (HETA) has launched the new facility at Pioneer Business Park that has facilities for electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and fabrication and welding, as well as an IT suite, classrooms and meeting rooms. It is one of three sites operated by HETA where 250 learners are embarked on courses.

Of the record intake for the company, 200 starting at Stallingborough, Foxhills in Scunthorpe and the company’s headquarters in Hull have already secured jobs. Around 80 representatives of local and national businesses recently attended a preview of the site.

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Iain Elliott, HETA’s chief executive, said: “This is the culmination of about nine years of thought, discussion and planning – and more than a few sleepless nights. We couldn’t have picked a worse time to build it. We exited Covid, the war started in Ukraine, material costs were soaring and supply of materials and labour were an issue. But we were only two weeks late and we were on budget.”

The total investment of £5.5m includes a build cost of about £4.2m with land purchase, fees and VAT making up the rest. Added to the cost of the new Hull centre, HETA has invested £10m since 2018 in upgrading its property and facilities.

Mr Elliott added: “What we have now done with this last piece of the jigsaw is transform HETA’s real estate across the Humber region. We have a set of training centres that provide the best learning and working environment for young people, people coming in to do adult courses and for our own staff. It’s important to give them the best working environment.

“It’s a £5.5m investment in the future of engineering training in North East Lincolnshire and beyond. It’s for those people who are coming out of school and want to take engineering as a career and for employers who need that skilled labour coming through. We know young people are now seeing apprenticeships and engineering and other technical trades as a viable alternative to university.”

Tracey Olsson, learning and development co-ordinator at Howdens Joinery Group, said: “All our apprentice engineers are from HETA and most of the engineers we have were trained at HETA. We like the discipline at HETA as well as the learning environment. We’ve seen a real difference between the people who came to HETA and the learners who didn’t. It’s the whole package.

“The new centre is absolutely amazing. It’s very similar to the Hull site and it’s fantastic.”

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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