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In response to gaps in skills and provision highlighted by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS)will deliver specialist apprenticeships and short courses as part of a collaboration between six major organisations.

Regional partners, including the University of Wolverhampton, trade associations, Dudley College and Black Country LEP, are working together on the development of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, investing over £12 million in total to drive the Black Country’s economic prosperity forward.

The ECMS hub will be based at the University of Wolverhampton’s new Springfield Campus, a multi-million pound development regenerating a brownfield site into a national centre of excellence for construction and the built environment.



Are you looking to upskill your employees or attract new talent to your business?

The ECMS will help to meet the needs of high value manufacturing businesses through its apprenticeship scheme. Apprenticeships are key to how ECMS delivers employer-led skills training, helping to upskill individuals and improving productivity and growth in the sector.

Benefits to your business

Helping to fulfil the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s goal to close the skills gap in the local economy, the scheme will enable you to:

  • develop a highly skilled, professional workforce
  • train your current workforce, bringing new knowledge and skills into your business
  • acquire new talent, including high-calibre school-leavers
  • create opportunities for progression within your organisation
  • access the expertise available within the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills.

If you’re a UK employer with an annual pay bill over £3 million, from April 2017 you’ll have contributed to the new Apprenticeship Levy, which requires you to make an investment in apprenticeships.

Not only will you bring all-important higher level skills into your business, you’ll also benefit from government incentives including a £15,000 allowance to offset against your levy payment.

If you are a non-levy payer, you may be able to have apprenticeship training delivered for FREE if the apprentice is under 19. Furthermore, you may only have to contribute 10% to the training cost for an employee over 19.

Apprenticeship training is available for: Machinists, Mechatronics Technicians, Product Design & Developmnet Technicians, Toolmaking & Tool & Die Maintenance and Casting, Foundry & Patternmaking Operatives or Technicians

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