The ECMS runs the UK’s only National Foundry Training Centre based in Tipton. This is currently used by many companies for training, also the base for training Dudley College Foundry Technician Apprenticeships that are delivered and supported by Foundry Training Services and The Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.

Training and Apprenticeships

Building on the region’s renowned industrial heritage, ECMS is determined to drive economic growth in the Black Country – and beyond – by providing specialist training to upskill the current and future workforce, helping to close skills gaps identified by employers. Coronavirus wasn’t keeping the Foundry locked down for too long as we announced the reopening.

More than ever now training is needed as throughout the past month’s many manufacturers had the hard decision of furloughing or making redundancies throughout their workforce leaving many without jobs.

The Government recently announced the great support packages available for companies who employ apprentices, helping the employment and skills development in the UK. So what can your company receive if you hire an apprentice?
· £2,000 for every new apprentice under 25 hired
· £1,500 for every new apprentice above 25

ECMS Foundry Reopening

The ECMS National Foundry Training Centre closed its doors back in March due to Coronavirus but in recent days the Foundry has reopened. Partner companies make their return back to their offices as the global pandemic slowly declines (sigh of relief).
UK businesses slowly return to a new normal in the unpredicted circumstances, abiding by the Government’s outlined guidance keeping workers safe. So the ECMS thought we would share the road to reopening the National Foundry Training Centre, helping you understand how to create a safe working environment for employees and visitors.
To open the Foundry there were multiple steps taken, making sure that our team and partners were safe.

Step 1: ECMS Foundry Technician Colin Whorton created a risk assessment for the building, outlining potential risks and how they could be managed.

Step 2: Procedures was then put into place to keep both staff and visitors was safe and ECMS was meeting Government guidelines; limit visitations, 2m gaps, one way system, toilet restricted to 1 person, sign in with your own pen, room capacity restricted, cleaning after every session.

Step 3: The final step included the signs being displayed around the whole of the Foundry and sanitizer stations being mounted to the walls in several areas of the buildings. The hallway was split into sections for a one way system outlining our procedures in keeping everyone safe. For further guidance on how your company can work safely in Covid-19 visit GOV.UK

ECMS Hire Facilities

The ECMS will also be offering the hire of the Foundry facilities for research and testing opportunities in the upcoming months. There will also be available hire of our teaching rooms for training purposes. If this is of interest to you and your company please send an email to stating your interests and we will get back to you in due course.