02 Feb 2024

Chamber head appointed to Academy governing board


Samantha Frampton, head of Solihull Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the Local Governing Body of the WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Solihull.

The WMG Academy for Young Engineers Multi Academy Trust was formed in March 2015.  Following the successful opening of the Coventry Academy in September 2014, the WMG Academy Trust opened its second Academy in September 2016 in North Solihull.

Dedicated ICT facilities include 2 CAD suites giving unrivalled access to industry standard software, every student also has a chrome book.  These facilities allow innovative teaching pedagogy through digital technologies.  A large Engineering Hall, complemented by ‘Make and Do’ areas above, allows a flexible group-work approach to learning.

The trust formed between a partnership of the University of Warwick and with the support of national, regional and local businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, and Rolls-Royce, the Trust is committed to providing a better way of learning for the Engineers of the future.

Students at WMG Academy are offered a career-led education involving work placements, interactive industry activities and visits to businesses. Through the academy’s ‘business-like, business-led’ ethos, students understand how their learning relates to the real world and leave prepared for their future careers.

Samantha attended her first meeting as part of the LGB at WMG Academy today. She said: “It is such an honour to have been asked to join the local governing body of the WMG Engineering Academy for young engineers, Solihull.  My son was a student here and so I have experienced firsthand the great work that the Academy do.

“It is my intention as a Governor to help to build on and shine a spotlight on the great work that the Academy are doing as well as ensuring that my objectives to help improve the relationship and engagement between education and business as head of Solihull Chamber are met.”

Dr Andrew Mottershead, Chair of the Local Governing Body at WMG Academy for Young Engineers, said: “Samantha will I’m sure contribute to the well-being of WMG and in particular, I am hopeful she will help enhance our ability to offer worthwhile work experience, especially as ‘T’ levels come on board.”

For more information on the Academy, visit the website or contact Samantha Frampton at s.frampton@solihull-chamber.com

Pictured (L-R): Mrs Claire Morris, Associate Principal, Dr Andrew Mottershead, Samantha Frampton and Mr Stewart Tait, CEO

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