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Once again South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is preparing individuals to thrive in the workplace by up-skilling local businesses with nationally recognised Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Programme (SMSCP) qualifications. SERC is currently the only accredited Siemens Mechatronics Training Partner provider within the British Isles.

The collaboration between SERC and Park Electrical Services will equip engineers in the electronics sector, with the latest skills base and help increase efficiency. This industry-focused training programme has been designed to meet the increasing demand for highly skilled technicians within the manufacturing engineering sector.              

Rob McConachie Managing Director at Park Electrical Services said: “As a leading supplier of specialist electrical power and automation products we are committed to continual investment in our workforce and we were thrilled to avail of the SMSCP course offered at SERC.  We pride ourselves on keeping abreast of the latest technology and enhancing skills development is crucial to ensure we provide the best service and products possible. We are confident that the training will have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the company in the marketplace.”

The Company has also recruited a mechatronics engineering apprentice from SERC, Alex Wright. 20-year-old Armoy local Alex is currently studying a Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Mechatronics Engineering.

Elaine Flynn head of commercial contracts at SERC explains: “I commend the investment in skills development of Park Electrical Services which clearly demonstrates a keenness to further develop the success of the company. Companies demand specialist training programmes to meet their specific needs and we have the expertise, equipment and flexibility to deliver this. We understand how hard it is for businesses to upskill employees. That’s why we make it as easy as possible for participants by working with them to minimise the impact of releasing staff. It’s a real partnership.”

SERC Head of School for Computing and Engineering Trevor Breadon explains: “With little specialist mechatronics training available, SERC are addressing the skills gap through delivering a programme of evening and day release classes to meet the needs of the sector and help develop these highly sought-after skills. With the emergence and adoption of more sophisticated manufacturing technologies, workers must keep abreast of the latest technologies so that they can remain relevant in their jobs and advance in their careers.”

Participants on the course are training at the Colleges Lisburn campus, equipped with a mechatronic lab containing state-of-the-art Siemens technology. The hands-on training uses ISO industry standard equipment and focuses on the operations, maintenance and designing of an integrated mechatronic system and is specifically designed for up-skilling.

Businesses can avail of this training at a discounted price thanks to funding from the Department for the Economy’s Skills Focus training programme. For more information or to enrol please call Andrew Megarry on 074075 56658 or email [email protected]

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