Donation benefits engineers of tomorrow
A gift of two assembly machines by the 3M manufacturing site at Clitheroe will be helping apprentices across the North West to learn the tools of their trade.The machines have been donated to Training 2000, the largest group training association (GTA) in England, and will enable engineering apprentices to develop their knowledge and problem solving skills on the mechanical maintenance of the machines.
They were no longer being used by the diversified technology company’s Clitheroe site, which makes valves and components for asthma inhalers on behalf of international pharmaceutical customers.3M has a strong association with Training 2000 and those joining the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme receive a combination of theoretical and work-based learning.
3M site manager Ben Mills commented: “The two machines were redundant for our purposes and we decided to donate them to Training 2000. We’re very pleased they are going to be put to such a good use.“They will be benefitting new and up and coming engineers - including three of our apprentices attending the training centre this year – by giving them the opportunity to train on real manufacturing machinery.”
Paul Duerden, engineering business manager at Training 2000 added: “We are delighted to have received this equipment from 3M which will enable our apprentices to gain experience on the style of machinery used in many workplaces across the country. “We pride ourselves on providing a high quality learning environment and this additional equipment will further complement our offering to the apprentices and assist with developing engineers of the future.”