£ 500,000 advanced skills increase for West Midlands manufacturers


Hundreds of workers in the West Midlands have the opportunity to upgrade their skills thanks to a new initiative from the Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology (IoT).

Companies can now access specialized training for staff aged 19 and over on one of three level 4 technical courses in automated machining, robotics and quality assurance.

The £ 500,000 On-the-Job Skills Pilot, which will be showcased in The Marches, talked about IOT at In-Comm Training in Telford, is free and can be completed part-time and in modules offering a full flexibility to staff and employers.

The topics were chosen to reflect the changing needs of the industry as it seeks to take advantage of new opportunities in advanced manufacturing and greener technologies, including the march towards electrification.


The new In-Comm Training technical academy in Telford. Image courtesy of In-Comm


“Brexit and Covid have put a lot of financial pressure on companies and in some cases training budgets have been cut, meaning employees and bosses are not benefiting from the development of vital skills,” commented Bekki Phillips, COO at In-Comm Training. .

“The In-Work Skills pilot was designed to fill this gap and will give manufacturers free access to high quality Level 4 technical courses.

“They will be delivered by our industry trainers, with content developed in collaboration with technical partners, such as Engineering Technology Group and Bauromat. In addition, employers will also have a say in defining direction, which gives them exactly the skills they need to become more competitive and win new business.

All courses are level 4, allowing individuals to access a higher level of training and will be offered one day per week over a period of three months, starting in the second week of January.

Individuals will be required to take homework-based exams to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and understanding of specialist subjects, including modern machining methods, key six sigma principles, and robotic cell design.

Eligibility is simply for manufacturers based in the West Midlands, employees must be 19 years of age and over, and the company must have a strong desire to develop their workforce.

Bekki added: “This is a great opportunity for individuals to learn new skills that will help build their career and potentially support future promotion opportunities.

“Blended learning, a mix of face-to-face training and online supervision, means it’s really flexible and it’s rare that a program of this level can be completed without too much time taken on the job. day job. “

About the IoT Black Country & Marches

The Black Country & Marches Institute of Technology is a new approach to delivering the technical education of today for the careers of tomorrow.

A dynamic learning environment has been created which takes advantage of the capacities of universities, employers and higher education, all aimed at providing high quality training opportunities with clear pathways to skilled automotive jobs, advanced engineering, aerospace, construction, medicine and renewable energy.

The IoT will help hundreds of local businesses cope with recruitment and skills shortages, while giving thousands of people the chance to learn new skills “in demand” for modern industry.

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