Neil Burrows, Director of Themis, the Apprenticeship and Business Training arm of Burnley College, has been appointed as regional co-ordinator of NFEC, the National Forum of Engineering Centres, helping to shape the eduction and training of future leaders in the engineering industry.
Neil, former head of the successful Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence at Burnley College, has pledged to champion the delivery of engineering courses and training to post-16 learners and apprentices, ensuring their skills and knowledge match the constantly-changing demands of this exciting industry.
As part of his role at NFEC, Neil will be working with awarding bodies and the Royal Academy of Engineers to help shape qualifications and apprenticeship reforms. He will work closely with advisory boards; share best practice among training providers and boost the profile of the North West’s engineering sector.
Neil, a Non-Executive Director of NFEC, said:
“I am immensely proud to have been offered this key role with NFEC and am passionate about the part I can play in creating the engineering leaders of the future through inspirational, industry-focussed learning and training.
“Burnley College has always been a leader in ensuring students and Themis Apprentices alike are future-focussed and at the forefront of shaping the engineering industry. We have invested heavilly in expanding our successful Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence and acquiring the very latest technology found in the workplace. Through regular forums and advisory panels with leading employers, we keep our finger to the pulse of industry innovation and keep one step ahead of the game.
“It’s a privilege to be able to share my experience with other training providers across the North West and consolidate the region as one of the best in the UK for industry innovation and success.”
Neil, a finalist in the Skills Champion category of the prestigious 2019 SEMTA national engineering awards, completed an Apprenticeship himself and worked as a Maintenance Engineer before moving into education and training. His previous roles have included Centre Manager for Training 2000 and International Apprenticeship Manager for the Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board, based in Abu Dabi, where he founded the United Arab Emirates Apprenticeship Programme.
Neil has developed the North West Engineering Advisory Board, gathering employers to outline the skills they look for in new Apprentices, and the successful Engineers Programme and Innovators Programme, open to students in Years 10 and 11, giving young people a taste of Engineering, led by Employers, experts in their field and current Themis Apprentices.
As an employer, a qualified engineer or a student considering engineering as a career, Neil and the team of experienced, industry-expert Tutors and Trainers at Burnley College can help you take your workforce training needs, your career or academic journey to the next level. Find out more online at www.burnley.ac.uk; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01282 733333.