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Supporting the Next Generation - PPMA BEST (Business Education Skills and Training) was established as a charitable incorporated organisation (registered charity no. 1156041) in 2014.
Automate UK is a major contributor to PPMA BEST (Business, Education, Skills and Training) which offers a variety of apprenticeship grants and bursaries to support the engineering and manufacturing community. Through the charity’s work with local schools and colleges, we’re proud to help inspire young people, shaping the future of our industry
This is what BEST stands for. A complete programme of support for Automate member companies, apprentices and graduates, school children and our wider industry.
Apprenticeships are a vital tool to help bridge the skills gap. PPMA BEST offers a range of support including grants and bursaries to encourage more people into the industry.
Today’s school children are tomorrow’s engineers. The PPMA BEST Factory of the Future program is aimed at primary school students to inspire and encourage young people towards an engineering career via an online virtual ‘learning through fun’ experience.
PPMA BEST also offers a range of industry led accredited STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities in partnership with other organisations. These include STEM days, projects, and work experience throughout the year.
Thinking of employing an apprentice or starting your own scheme? Find out more.
Help your recently employed engineering apprentices with financial grants.
Discover more about our bursary payment to support students through their studies.
Support degree-level students as they gain experience through work placements.
Find out about our annual £5,000 Grant Jamieson Engineering Scholarship.