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£500,000 advanced skills boost for West Midlands manufacturers

Posted on 07 Jan 2022 and read 574 times
£500,000 advanced skills boost for West Midlands manufacturersIn-Comm Training’s new Technical Academy in Telford

Hundreds of workers across the West Midlands are being given the opportunity to upskill thanks to a new initiative introduced by the www.blackcountryandmarchesiot.ac.uk Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology (IoT). Companies can now access specialist training for members of staff aged 19-plus on one of three Level 4 technical courses in automated machining, robotics and quality assurance.

The £500,000 In-Work Skills pilot, which will be delivered at the Marches spoke of the IOT at in-www.comm-tmg.co.uk In-Comm Training in Telford, is free-of-charge and can be completed part-time and in modules giving both staff and employers complete flexibility.

Topics have been chosen to reflect the changing needs of industry as they look to take advantage of new opportunities in advanced manufacturing and greener technologies, including the march towards electrification.

Bekki Phillips, chief operating officer at In-Comm Training, said: “Brexit and Covid-19 have placed a lot of financial pressure on businesses and, in some cases, training budgets have been cut, meaning employees and bosses are missing out on vital skills development.”

“The In-Work Skills pilot has been designed to bridge this gap and will give manufacturers access to high-quality Level 4 technical courses at no cost to them.

“They will be delivered by our industry trainers, with content developed in conjunction with technical partners, such as the Engineering Technology Group and Bauromat. Furthermore, employers will also have a big say in shaping the focus, so it gives them exactly the skills they need to become more competitive and to win new business.”

All courses are Level 4, enabling individuals to access a higher level of training and will be delivered one day per week over a three-month period, beginning the second week of January.

Individuals will have to complete assignment-based examinations to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and understanding of the specialist topics, including modern machining methods, key principles of six sigma and robot cell design.

Eligibility is simply manufacturers based in the West Midlands, employees must be aged 19-plus and the company needs to have a strong desire to upskill its workforce.

Ms Phillips added: “This is a great opportunity for individuals to learn new skills that will future-proof their careers and potentially support future promotion opportunities. The blended learning, a mixture of face-to-face training and online supervision, means it is really flexible and it is rare that such a high-level programme can be completed without too much time taken away from the day job.”

The Black Country & Marches IoT ‘leverages the capabilities of academia, employers and higher education, all geared towards providing high quality training opportunities with clear pathways to skilled jobs in automotive, advanced engineering, aerospace, construction, medical and renewables’.

The IOT will help hundreds of local firms address recruitment and skills shortages, as well as giving thousands of individuals the chance to gain new ‘in-demand’ skills for modern industry.

It taps into the expertise of Dudley College of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Avensys and In-Comm Training for the Marches spoke of the Institute.