Guest speaker Simon Weston OBE at HMA event hosted by WATA

West Anglia Training Association was pleased to host the Huntingdon Manufacturers Association event ‘Tackling the Skills Shortage’

The event addressed the growing need for skills and resourcing in the area for the Manufacturing community.

WATA’s CEO Nigel Donohue chaired the lively panel discussion with guests Simon Weston OBE, Julie Drummond the Economic Development Officer at Edge, Mark Cooper the Skills & Business Growth Lead at the Local Enterprise Partnership and Julie Chippendale the Managing Director of EAL.

Nigel Donohue chairing HMA panel discussion

Guest Speaker Simon Weston OBE gave an inspirational speech on the challenges and misconceptions that ex-service personnel often face. He also highlighted that many businesses miss the opportunity available to them of employing ex service men and women and utilising the myriad of skills they have to offer.

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WATA has recently employed Andy Miles, himself ex forces, to teach the next generation of engineering technicians. Andy left the RAF where he served 30 years as a Weapons Engineer in the Falklands and Afghanistan.

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“The biggest battle for ex-service personnel is knowing what the employer actually wants and realising the skills you gained from the services are valuable and getting that across to potential employers.” 

WATA is an approved provider of the ELC scheme and offer a range of courses that are eligible.


If you would like more information or would like to enquire about any of our courses contact WATA on 01480 435544 or email for ELC related enquires or for general enquiries.