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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 through 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, such as Bewilderwood and Roar! Dinosaur Park, to supply limited edition bespoke products.

These range from specialist theme props to Roman swords, spears and shields for use in role play at the Time and Tide Museum, to items such as bird house kits for retail. Staff are currently working on designs for a 2-metre Viking long boat, a plaster cast footprint of a 700,000 year old man and scale models of wind turbines for demonstrations at events.

Short course training in CAD CAM

Engineering training to local schools

The Centre continues to build its educational programme for local schools. In 2017 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 it has now become a standing annual event.

Also in the calendar is an annual Pathways into Engineering event. This is designed to bring local school and college students face to face with key personnel from local engineering businesses and provides opportunities to see production staff at work.

Staff 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 range of roles in engineering. The ‘Lego Construction Activity’ (funded by the Royal Academy of Engineers) will be taken into 10 local secondary schools to encourage STEM.

More recently the Centre has begun work with Vattenfall on a STEM related energy kit of activities, working both as consultants and design/manfacturers.

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 to refresh/develop existing skills of local engineers and help them get back into work. Local organisations, including East Coast College, Mind, JSP, Pharos Marine, SMS also attend to meet the trainees and offer further specialist advice.

For more information visit the Nexus Centre website or contact:
T: 01493 742336 E:

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