MTC Training Partners with West Midlands Combined Authority to Enhance Manufacturing Efficiency

by Anna

New Skills Bootcamp Aims to Enhance Manufacturing Productivity in the Region


MTC Training, the educational arm of the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), has secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to launch a pioneering training course focused on elevating the efficiency of manufacturing enterprises in the region.


Known as the Skills Bootcamp Manufacturing Efficiency program, this initiative, supported by Lloyds Bank, aims to empower managers and leaders seeking to enhance their organization’s processes and productivity. Through a blend of face-to-face training, self-study, and online and remote learning, participants will gain practical insights into optimizing operations.

Businesses enrolled in the program will also receive valuable guidance from MTC’s Manufacturing Support Services consultancy experts through line walks. These professionals will assist participants in identifying inefficiencies within their workplaces, spanning business activities and technological aspects. The support doesn’t end there; ongoing guidance will be offered to aid skills development throughout the program.

The initial group of 12 recruits is set to commence their learning journey in September, while an additional 36 participants will join the program by year-end.

This initiative builds on the insights provided by the WMCA’s Local Skills Report published last year. The report highlighted the significance of skill shortages in the region and underscored the WMCA’s commitment to fostering skills development to address these challenges.

Louise Phipps, Senior Delivery Manager at the WMCA, emphasized, “Our aim is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises to overcome skills shortages and enable their talented employees to upskill, even amidst busy schedules.”

David Grailey, Managing Director of MTC Training, highlighted the critical role of visionary leadership in adopting new technologies. He stated, “Strong leadership is pivotal for manufacturing businesses to successfully integrate new technologies across their operations, ensuring sustained competitive advantage for the long haul.”

Rebekah Taitt, Regional Development Director at Lloyds Bank, acknowledged the importance of supporting SMEs in reaching their potential. She underscored Lloyds Bank’s commitment to aiding the future of the manufacturing industry.

The first four cohorts of this program are being offered free of charge to delegates from SMEs, thanks to MTC Training’s collaboration with Lloyds Bank. The program is designed for groups of 12 learners, with the first batch commencing from September to November.

The partnership between MTC Training, the WMCA, and Lloyds Bank exemplifies a proactive approach towards addressing skill shortages and propelling the manufacturing sector towards heightened efficiency and productivity.


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