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Best of British Engineering Unveiled

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16th December 2016

Finalists are shortlisted for prestigious Semta Skills Awards

Talented engineers and innovative companies have beaten off stiff competition to make the final of the Semta Skills Awards which honour the best in British Engineering.

Hundreds of nominations from across nine award categories have been shortlisted to just 27 by an independent industry panel of judges for the 2017 awards.

Firmly established as a key date in the calendar and recognised as industry's night of the year – the Semta Skills Awards, to be held at London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 and hosted by BBC Breakfast's Steph McGovern are considered to be the most prestigious of the year.

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EAL Learners Shine at Skills Show

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EAL has some of the UK industry's most talented learners, apprentices and technicians who were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition.

An impressive 31 EAL learners, almost half of those to make the national final, won a medal in their skills with 13 golds, 8 silvers and 10 bronze.

A record number of EAL learners – 65 in engineering and three in SkillsElectric - were among more than 500 talented young people who took part in competitions covering 61 different skills over three days at Birmingham's NEC in front of thousands of visitors.

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Young Engineers Named Best in the UK

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Girl power leads the charge

UK industry's most talented learners, apprentices and technicians were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition – with six of the seven girls competing in Semta's engineering competition making it on to the podium.

Katie Goodwill, Rolls-Royce plc and Christine McDowell Belfast Metropolitan College struck gold, Eva Blessing Onyelou, Middlesex University and Hannah Frost UTC Sheffield took silver while Nicole Catney of Belfast Metropolitan College and Kendal Irvine of JCB Transmissions were awarded Bronze in Semta's engineering competitions, which saw 116 regional heat winners battle it out for medals.

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Young Engineers Compete for Gold at The Skills Show

16th November 2016

A record number of EAL learners are set to test their skills against some of the best young engineers in Britain.

The EAL class of 2016 makes up more than half the competitors - 65 out of 116 - in the 13 engineering disciplines being contested at the National Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC this week (Nov 17-19).

They will be undertaking a series of tasks in front of more than 75,000 visitors who will attend the fifth Skills Show, organised by WorldSkills UK, over three days with the winners picking up gold medals at a ceremony on Saturday evening and the possibility of representing Team UK at WorldSkills International in Kazan, Russia 2019.

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Semta Apprentice Power - Business and Young People on Right Path

3rd November 2016

The power of the Semta Apprentice Service is boosting business and thousands of young people a new survey published recently has revealed.

Nearly 90 per cent of their apprentices, mainly in engineering, automotive and construction, remained in paid employment between one and three years after they qualified.

Almost 56 per cent are still with the same employer and nearly 24 per cent earning £25,000 or more per annum and without having racked up a mountain of debt in tuition fees.

These findings trump recent figures, published by The Times, which suggest that industry wide only 75% of apprentices are offered a job at the end of their apprenticeship by their employer.

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Girls have the power - Female engineers breakthrough in Semta skills competition

28th October 2016


Eight talented young female engineers have reached the national finals of the sector's elite competition to be held at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month (November).


Semta, the national organising partner for the engineering WorldSkills UK competitions, which represents more than 148,000 companies, has been campaigning tirelessly to break down the gender barriers and increase the number of women engineers working in industry.

The 'great eight' represents a significant breakthrough for the cause, as there were just four females in an entourage of more than a hundred in last year's finals – a hundred per cent increase.

No less than 44 per cent of the women that entered the 2016 regional heats were awarded a place in the final – compared to 39 per cent of men.

All finalists have risen to the challenge having completed the required tasks in the regional heats and are now battling to be the nation's best.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, said: "This is a major milestone and testament to the work that we are doing to encourage females to enter both the sector and competitions – but it only goes to underline the scale of the problem.

"There is still much work in terms of re-educating parents, teachers and careers advisors

"However, this does show that female engineers who enter the industry can compete at a very elite level.

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26th October  2016

Semta is ready to redouble its efforts to help British industry make the most of the impending root and branch reform of apprenticeship funding.

The organisation, which represents more than 148,000 companies large and small in engineering and advanced manufacturing, has launched a free end-to-end service to help businesses successfully make the transition.

The Semta Group is offering free consultations and fully assisted support to help both levy and non-paying levy businesses recruit, train and qualify apprentices across the country.

The Government announcement of further details on the Apprenticeship Levy, due to be introduced next April, has been welcomed.

Christian Warden, Head of Technical Services of Semta said: "We have been calling for clarity – and the Government is responding.

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Partnership to Deliver High Quality Apprenticeships

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Expert engineering training provider Semta Apprenticeship Service has joined forces with Leigh University Technical College (UTC) in a bid to deliver more high quality apprenticeships in North Kent.

Semta Apprenticeship Service is contacting businesses in the UTC’s catchment area around Dartford to support them to take on engineering apprentices.

Several local small businesses attended a recent briefing session at the UTC to hear about the partnership which will offer intermediate (Level 2) and advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships in manufacturing engineering. Subsequently a number of companies committed to apprenticeship programmes, in some cases incorporating an HNC.

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Don't break the bank - Boost your balance

18th August 2016

Semta Skills Chief – "Degree without the debt - the new Degree Apprenticeships" What's Not To Like?

Pupils receiving their A-Level results today (18.08) were advised to consider a vocational pathway to work rather than hastily grasp a university offer.

With impending university fee increases, higher apprenticeships - some of which include integral university degrees - have never offered better value to the individual and more nurture to the nation than they do now.

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Semta Welcomes Levy 'Clarity'

12th August 2016

Funds Transferability Will Be a Boon

Semta has warmly welcomed the publication of Government plans for the Apprenticeship Levy.

The not for profit employer led organisation, charged with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing, had been calling for clarity and further detail to help businesses large and small ensure that they are ready to embrace the changes.

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