Elite centres to boost revival

Posted on 04 Nov 2018 and read 432 times
Elite centres to boost revivalThe new £12.5 million Black Country Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) — officially opened by journalist and television presenter Steph McGovern — marks a significant investment in the future of high-value manufacturing.

It is a collaboration between the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming, Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and In-Comm Training.

It is based on a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with training centres now operating across the Black Country in collaboration with training providers and professional industry bodies to both up-skill employees and train new apprentices in metal-forming skills.

The ECMS Hub (www.theecms.co.uk), based at the University of Wolverhampton’s £100 million regeneration project at the former Springfield Brewery, has been designed to build on the region’s renowned industrial heritage by providing
specialist training, short courses and apprenticeships.

The ECMS Spokes include a new National Press and Tooling Centre located at the In-Comm Training Academy in Aldridge, focusing on the delivery of tool-making apprenticeships and technical courses.

Ian Fitzpatrick, chief executive of the ECMS, said: “This is a key strategic project for the Black Country, linking further education and higher education with local, regional and national employers.

“It’s well known that the manufacturing industry has an ageing workforce and that bespoke training courses — specifically matching industry requirements — can be difficult to source.

"We have listened carefully to what industry needs, and together with our partners, we have designed manufacturing facilities equipped with the latest equipment — and where world-class training will be delivered by some of the finest technical experts in the business.”

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