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First apprentices join Wolverhampton's Elite Centre

The first apprentices have joined the University of Wolverhampton's Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | October 25, 2017 | Facilities

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) is a new employer-led training facility for the Black Country designed to enhance productivity in the region’s high value manufacturing sector.

Apprentices have been recruited from a variety of companies including Grab Management Services, George Dyke Limited, CCR Wednesbury Ltd and Phoenix Pattern Tool Company and are currently studying Machinist and Pattern Making Pathways at the ECMS Spoke at Dudley College’s £12 million Advance II Centre. 

Building on the region’s renowned industrial heritage, the ECMS Hub and Spokes will drive economic growth in the Black Country

The project is a collaboration between the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.  The ECMS Hub will be based at the University’s £100 million Springfield Campus and will deliver skills training through short courses and apprenticeships at three spoke locations in the Midlands – Tipton, West Bromwich and Dudley.

“Building on the region’s renowned industrial heritage, the ECMS Hub and Spokes will drive economic growth in the Black Country – and further afield – by providing specialist training to upskill the current and future workforce, helping to close skills gaps identified by employers," said Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton.

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