The apprenticeship that trains future composites experts

The University of Sheffield has announced to launch a new composites apprenticeship at AMRC Training Centre


The public research university in Sheffield, in collaboration with McLaren Racing and McLaren Automotive, will provide the first training course in South Yorkshire to build a new generation of workers in composites industry. This new apprenticeship will be supported also by Teledyne CML Composites, that is a specialist in the manufacture of composites parts of the most sophisticated aircraft platforms in the world.

The Director of AMRC Training Centre, Nikki Jones, announced this new project at the side of McLaren and Composites UK. He said that the apprenticeship will help to bridge the national skills gap of people in composites, in order to supply the future workforce.

The McLaren Formula 1 Team’s Chief Operating Officer, Piers Thynne, said: “McLaren Racing has led the way in pioneering advanced composite materials in our 60-year history. From being the first team to introduce carbon fibre to the F1 car, to trialling innovative and sustainable alternatives like recycled carbon fibre on track. To continue to lead the way, we need the best talent at the cutting edge of composites. That's why we’re delighted to be working with our colleagues at McLaren Automotive and the AMRC Training Centre to add to our existing apprenticeship programme with this composites apprenticeship.”

John Toner, who is the Vice President and General Manager for Teledyne Aerospace and Defence Electronics UK and General Mager of Teledyne CML Composites, said that they are enthusiastic to be part of this apprenticeship, because the young employee training is one of their key strategies to build the new generation of highly skilled composites experts.

The composites apprenticeship started last September at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking and at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield.

During the 36-month apprenticeship students will be able to produce composite components that are used in automotive, motorsport, aerospace, rail and renewable industries.


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