Meet our Partners

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership has been instrumental in ensuring the Centre will deliver provision currently unavailable in the Black Country, helping to drive the region's economic prosperity. The Centre's development will be led by the University of Wolverhampton, in collaboration with a number of recognised partners.


The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP)


The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) aims to aid greater economic prosperity across the Black Country area by helping to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish in the region.

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills is a flagship project, highlighting the BCLEP’s facilitation and co-ordination of actions by private, public and voluntary sector organisations to deliver results. The Centre’s focus is on stimulating the drivers of economic regeneration, education and skills development, and infrastructure and environmental enhancements.

By increasing employment levels, the number of businesses operating in the area, and upskilling across the workforce, the BCLEP aims to close the Black Country’s multi-billion pound productivity gap.

Find out more about the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership


University of Wolverhampton

For over 180 years, the University of Wolverhampton, as the University of Opportunity has been providing students with a first class education.

The University is already halfway to achieving the goal of its five-year Our Vision, Your Opportunity investment generation programme, aiming to generate £250 million by 2020 to enhance the student experience and regenerate the region’s economy through investment in buildings, facilities, teaching, research and skills training. The Hub for the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills will be based at the new construction and built environment super campus at the former Springfield Brewery site.

The University has been commended for its enhancement of student learning opportunities* and offers over 500 courses to choose from,  alongside 96% graduate employability**, award-winning teaching informed by world-leading research, international partnerships, strong business links and state-of-the-art facilities at the University’s main campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

Find out more about the University of Wolverhampton  and the Faculty of Science and Engineering Business Support 

For more than 150 years, Dudley College of Technology has played a pivotal role in the provision of vocational and technical education in the Dudley borough and wider Black Country.

In 2012, the college successfully completed and opened the first two phases of the Dudley Learning Quarter and in April 2015 opened a specialist centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology. This success has resulted in Ofsted recognising Dudley College as one of the highest performing general further education colleges in the country.

Looking to the future, the college’s strategic plan aims to continue enhancing services for employers, supporting more young people and adults in to work, up-skilling those in work and providing the essential skills training to prepare individuals to take advantage of opportunities in our regional economy.

Find out more about Dudley College.

The Cast Metals Federation (CMF) represents the best of British casting to organisations and individuals across the globe.

Based in the heart of the West Midlands, where it operates from the National Metalforming Centre, the Federation acts as a single voice for the UK foundry industry, ensuring that the needs of UK foundries, foundry suppliers and castings buyers are met.

For manufacturers seeking the ‘Best of British Casting’, CMF members supply precision finished parts and assemblies to the UK and global markets, an output valued at over 2 billion pounds.

Find out more about the Cast Metals Federation.


Rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’, In-Comm is one of the UK’s leading providers of training and business services, working across more than 10 sectors and with 450 different companies.

In-Comm combines 35 years’ experience with a £5m investment drive in its three state-of-the-art academies to deliver 550 apprenticeships and 2,000 upskilling opportunities in continuous improvement, leadership and management, safety and quality compliance.


ICME is the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, the Institute for all individuals involved in the castings industry and associated supply chain. ICME is a charity run by, and on behalf of, its members.

Our members include foundrymen, design engineers, metallurgists, moulders, patternmakers, CAD technicians, methods engineers, researchers, students and suppliers to the industry. The aim of the institute is to bring together people from all sectors and levels, to offer help and advice, technical support, professional development and training opportunities, helping our members make the most of their careers in the castings industry.

Find out more about the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.

Foundry Training Services Ltd are a established provider of first class training to the industry for the industry.  Our staff are industry specialists who are both passionate and committed to not only training the foundry technicians of the future but also upskilling the current workforce.

Find out more about the Foundry Training Services.