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What We Do at Nexus

Training the Next Generation of Engineers

Nexus is a purpose-built engineering training centre fitted with specialist industry standard equipment. Working hand-in-hand with the advanced engineering sector, Nexus trains the next generation of engineers and raises the profile of engineering. We also train skilled engineers by continuous professional development – from energy to advanced manufacturing – with training and refresher courses in CAD/CAM.

Machinery and meeting room available for hire

Businesses can book facilities for staff training, meetings and conferences and specialist equipment for one-off or occasional use. The machinery is also available for school and college use.


Design and production of engineering products

Recently the Centre has begun working with local tourist organisations, providing limited edition bespoke products. One of the largest of these projects was the supply of 32 ‘Bunny Arches’ used to form a tunnel in the Easter themed grotto at Bewilderwood. This was so successful that the tunnel has been retained as a permanent feature, with a changing seasonal theme. Nexus are currently investigating the design and manufacture of a bird house kit to be sold in the Bewilderwood Gift Shop.

Similar projects include the production of specialist items for an Alice in Wonderland theme at Roar! Dinosaur Park in Great Witchingham, including large playing card shapes, front of the Queen of Hearts Castle, giant flowers, and distortion mirrors!

More locally, Time and Tide Museum commissioned 25 Roman swords for role play. Since then staff at Nexus been asked to come up with a design for Roman spears and shields, a 2m Viking long boat and a plaster cast footprint of a 700,000 year old man! Meanwhile, the Wind Energy Museum at Repps with Bastwick has asked them to look into the manufacture of scale models of wind turbines to be taken to events.


Short course training in CAD CAM

Engineering training to local schools

The Centre continues to build its educational programme for local schools. Last year it launched the Inter School Construction Challenge, when 70 children from 5 local schools took part in a competition supported by builders Morgan Sindall and Pleasurewood Hills. This was so successful that next year’s event is already booked in for March 2018.

On May 23rd Nexus will be hosting the second Pathways into Engineering event, when 100-200 local school children will be attending to listen to talks from local businesses, followed by walking tours of engineering companies on the Beacon Park estate.

They have also received funding to take enrichment programmes into neighbouring schools, including ‘Introduction to Engineering’ (funded by BITC/NAW), which is being rolled out in 15 local primary schools to raise awareness of the types of engineering roles. The ‘Lego Construction Activity’ (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineers) will be taken into 10 local secondary schools to encourage STEM.

They have recently started working with Vattenfall on a STEM related energy kit of activities. Nexus are being paid both as consultants and for the design and manufacture of parts for these activities.


Professional CPD

New to the programme is a two-day Return to Work Skills course, funded by Business in the Community/Neighbourhoods at Work. The course focuses on practical skills training rather than the ability to complete a CV. A lunch is held on the second day for local organisations, including East Coast College, Mind, JSP, Pharos Marine, SMS to come in to chat to the attendees about their work and offer advice for the future.

For more information visit the Nexus Centre website or contact:
T: 01493 742336 E: office@nexus-engineering.org

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