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Institution and ARL Celebrate the Opening of the Engineering Training Centre

Richard Folkson and Councillor Talib Hussain opening the Engineering Training Centre

Institution opens new specialist NDT and Inspection training centre in Sheffield

14 October 2015

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has unveiled the Engineering Training Centre in the Sheffield Business Park on Tuesday 13 October at a special event attended by Institution President Professor Richard Folkson and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ new centre will become the principle training and examination centre for Argyle-Ruane Ltd (ARL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution while training at the existing facility in Halesowen, West Midlands continues.

Following the complete refurbishment of the building, the Engineering Training Centre boasts brand new and up-to-date equipment for ARL’s full range of NDT and Inspection courses as well as significant improvement to the wider learning experience with a large seating area with televisions for breaks, free lunches and ample free parking.

Professor Richard Folkson, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:

“The launch of this new training centre is an exciting step for the Institution which will allow us to provide a greater number (of courses) and better quality NDT training and certification.

“It also means we now have a new hub for Institution members in Yorkshire, with a member Business Lounge, as well as facilities for seminars and lectures. I’m looking forward to seeing all the innovative and thought-provoking work that will take place in these new facilities over coming years.”

Replacing existing offices in Sheffield and Rotherham, the expansion increases the teaching and learning space by nearly three times to 16,900 sq ft.

The building will house unique teaching facilities for a range of disciplines, as well as meeting and conference facilities and Level 3 Consultancy support. Alongside the training and certification operations, there will also be a business centre for the Institution's members as well a large lecture theatre for seminars and events.

The event was attended by a wide range of guests from the NDT industry and beyond. The day began with informational talks on the company’s latest developments and tours of the facility before a champagne reception and entertainment provided with live music and a close up magician in the evening.

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