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Dignitaries at apprentice launch event

The skills agenda is a critical element of success for the UK to continue to be a technological and innovation-based economy

Rocester, UK, 11th March 2015 – A groundbreaking engineering training facility was unveiled to industry leaders yesterday by The JCB Academy and Parker Hannifin, to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

A partnership between industry and education professionals, the facility is designed to help apprentices explore the relationship between mechanical, electrical and fluid power. It combines academic learning with interactive challenges, including a hydraulic nutcracker, cylinder-based snooker cue, joystick-controlled backhoe and piston push test.

The partners aim to raise the profile of apprenticeships and help meet the national engineering skills gap. Industry dignitaries attending the launch included Jo Bamford of JCB, Transport System Catapult’s Steve Yianni, Andy Lane of SMMT and John Savage of the National Fluid Power Centre.

On viewing the facility, Mr Yianni commented: “The skills agenda is a critical element of success for the UK to continue to be a technological and innovation-based economy. The innovation at The JCB Academy and support of Parker Hannifin is exactly the kind of industry and education partnership that is needed for the UK to continue to prosper.”

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Links to images (credit to Michelle Tennison):

Dignitaries attend launch event

Students try joystick backhoe

Piston push test in action

Hydraulic nutcracker grabs attention

Contacts for media enquiries:

Kerry James, PR manager Parker UK and Ireland
01926 317422

Rebecca Lewis, The JCB Academy
01889 506100

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Notes to editors:


With annual sales of $13 billion USD in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world.

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The JCB Academy is an exciting school for students from the age of 14 who are interested in business and engineering. It is the first of a brand new kind of school in the United Kingdom, focused on delivering high-quality engineering and business education. Its motto is 'developing engineers and business leaders for the future' and aims to ensure that students have every chance to achieve success, whether they continue into further education, or move to further learning in the world of work when they leave here.

At The JCB Academy, the curriculum and learning techniques are unique, allowing students to combine theory with practical activities and put learning into practice in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities.

Its hours are more like business hours than normal schools and sixth form colleges, but the curriculum encourages a structured and effective use of time.

For more information, visit The JCB Academy website or contact 01889 506100.

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