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Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training Centre

Our Winsford campus was transformed during the summer of 2020 and now includes a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and engineering, thanks to funding from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and support from local employers.

The new Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Training (AMET) Centre was awarded £656,000 from the LEP’s Local Growth Fund and looks to serve the region as a specialist centre for materials measurement, testing and analysis and enhance the provision of digital and manufacturing skills training across Cheshire and Warrington.

The initial stage of the project saw the transformation of our Winsford campus with specialist engineering and manufacturing equipment being installed in August 2020, enabling students to study a new selection of courses from September 2020.

Moving forward, the campus will house additional equipment to support the skills required for smarter manufacturing techniques and accelerate the adoption and use of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) such as robotics, industrial control and digital intelligence which, in turn, will enable cross-sector collaboration and raise productivity and competitiveness.

Local employers have highlighted their aspiration to digitalise manufacturing processes and upskill their employees in parallel. The Winsford campus will look to support this aspiration locally, with the Warrington campus set to support employers further afield.

The investment from the LEP will ensure the facilities and curriculum across both college sites in Winsford and Warrington are in line with local employer demand within the manufacturing and engineering sectors. With a strong focus on Metallurgy within the Winsford campus and on Mechatronics and Metrology at the Warrington campus.

As part of a five-year plan, the centres across both campuses will be equipped with specialist equipment which will enable businesses to transform their business practices at a faster pace and through cross-sector collaboration. The ‘core’ equipment will mirror and augment workplace manufacturing and engineering practises and processes.

These curriculum has been developed in line with demand from local advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses located in and around the town.

Applications are now open for September 2021. You can submit an application here.

You can also register for our apprenticeship programme by contacting our Apprenticeship Matching Service team at: apprenticeships@wvr.ac.uk.

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Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That is why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.


Northern Powerhouse

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.

The government has awarded £3.4bn in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

Join us in September 2021 to study:

16- 18 Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Diploma
Electrical Installation Level 1
Electrical Installation Level 2
Electrical Installation Level 3

Adult Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Diploma
Electrical Installation Level 2
General Engineering HNC (Part Time)
Engineering Manufacturing Technician Level 4


Engineering Operative Level 2
Engineering Operative Level 3
Engineering Technician
Maintenance Operations & Engineering Technician (MOET)
Electrical Installation
Engineering Manufacturing Technician Level 4


Calling local and regional businesses!
NOW is the time to get involved!

We are looking for local and regional businesses, from across a number of industries to support us in the success of our Winsford AMET Centre.

  • Are you a manufacturing or engineering business based in Cheshire?
  • Do you currently or would you like in the future to employ apprentices?
  • Would you like to upskill your current workforce?
  • Would you like to improve productivity and secure growth in your organisation?
  • Would you like to support local young people in gaining access to your industry?

Yes? Then please get in touch!

Call our Business Development team today on 01925 494271 or email amet@wvr.ac.uk.