EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has appointed Christine Chapman as Centre Manager at its multi-million pound Technology Training Centre in Aston, Birmingham. The move comes after the previous Centre Manager – Ian Grant – took on a newly-created role designed to boost EEF’s apprenticeship management support for JLR in the North West.
The centre was purpose-built to train the UK’s manufacturers and engineers of the future in world-class facilities. Christine will be joining in July and will be working alongside Technical Training Director, Peter Winebloom, and his team. She will be bringing a wealth of experience to her new role – she is a time served and degree qualified engineer, manager and lecturer.
Christine started her career in engineering as an apprentice at Rolls-Royce, going on to gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering and completing a Masters in Business Administration. She left Rolls-Royce and has since held a number of senior level roles in engineering companies.
For the last two years Christine has worked at Dudley College where she was the Centre Manager for Engineering. She has previously worked at a number of other colleges having completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
Christine is married with teenage children and lives near Telford.
Peter Winebloom, Technical Training Director at EEF, says: “Christine comes with a blend of hands-on and academic experience that will be very valuable in her role here. The fact that she started her career as an apprentice and went on to complete both a Degree and a Masters makes her uniquely placed to both understand and inspire ambition. She’s proof positive that an apprenticeship can be the start of a rewarding and sustainable long-term career and will be a great addition to our team.”
Christine Chapman, new Centre Manager at EEF, says: “EEF’s centre in Aston is already making a name for itself by providing first-class training in first-class facilities. I’m really looking forward to joining the team and ensuring that the centre continues to provide young people with the opportunity to learn much-needed, much-sought after and well-paid skills.”
EEF’s Technology Training Centre currently runs over 50 different technical training courses and trains around 250 apprentices a year in a variety of vital engineering and manufacturing skills. The centre works in partnership with over 70 employers, ensuring that their apprentices and other trainees learn how to use the cutting-edge technology and techniques used in manufacturing today.
It contains over 120 machines, including those covering hydraulics and pneumatics, robotics and rapid proto-typing. It has 14 fully-equipped welding bays, 14 electrical training bays and a fully-equipped Computer Aided Engineering Design suite.