By Trevor Codner, Business Development Manager at the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills

Manufacturing is undergoing an amazing revival in the region and the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) has up to 50 apprenticeships available with employers, not only across the Black Country, but as far afield as Poole, Sheffield and West Yorkshire.
The ECMS is looking for ambitious school leavers and/or young people who have good standards of English and Maths to fill a variety of apprenticeship vacancies, working with local and national employers in the manufacturing industry. All apprenticeships are 3 to 4 years and start at Level 3.

The University of Wolverhampton, with partner organisations, has invested in the future of manufacturing in the region by opening dedicated training centres to equip people with an array of manufacturing skills – some of which have not been seen in the Black Country for years.

On the doorstep of the Black Country, apprenticeships are on offer for the industries that formed the back-bone of the industrial revolution. Toolmaking, foundry, patternmaking, metalforming and forging are being revived, finding their place alongside training in mechatronics, product design and development and advanced computer numerical control.

The ECMS runs the UK’s only National Foundry Training Centre based in Tipton and is working with partner organisations IN-COMM Training Services based in Aldridge and Dudley College.

Apprentices will learn on the job at one of the ECMS’s training Hub or Spokes equipped with new training rooms, metallurgy and metrology labs with access to partner training centres and state of the art engineering facilities.

All apprenticeships meet the New Apprenticeship Standards with a variety of delivery models available. There are already apprentices on board and with further intakes throughout the academic year starting this September 2018


Employers or potential apprentices should contact Trevor Codner at the ECMS on 0800 953 3222 or 01902 321663.