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Engineering expert network to spread world-class skills

19 November 2012

A network of Britain's top engineering tutors and coaches will encourage colleges and training providers to become 'world class' in their engineering activities.

The pilot project has been set up by the Academy, Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and other key partners as part of the legacy of WorldSkills London. The project will create a network of 30 expert engineering tutors to increase and widen participation in skills competition events.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

- establish a network of engineering tutors and coaches with current industry expertise and skills in teaching and training

- boost engagement of colleges, training providers and employers, to encourage students to obtain high level skills through competitions

- develop strategies to share and facilitate best practice among engineering providers

It is hoped that the new network will encourage excellence in the acquisition of world-class engineering skills using training for skills competitions as a medium for effective teaching and learning. The Academy believes that this approach could quickly make a difference to training outcomes in a significant number of colleges and independent training providers.

Matthew Harrison, Director of Engineering and Education at the Academy, said: "Engineering is of crucial importance to the growth of the UK economy and we must encourage young people to train as world-class engineers and technicians, as our profession provides employability, good wages and job satisfaction, particularly if young people have advanced and higher level skills. We believe that our programme will make a real difference to boosting engineering training for those who get involved - and quickly too."

Rob Wye, Chief Executive of LSIS, said: "The network is a great opportunity to boost teaching and learning within the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) areas. LSIS's number one priority is to equip the further education and skills sector to achieve outstanding teaching and learning, and we know the engineering expert network will help support this."

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