Midlands based contractor, Shaylor Group has been appointed to build the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) by The University of Wolverhampton.
Celebrating the ground breaking ceremony at the site where the building works are now taking place, Shaylor Group will be turning the ‘foundry and patternmaking spoke’ into a purpose built world class training facility next to the existing Thomas Dudley foundry in Dudley Port, where students will have access to industrial facilities.
The University of Wolverhampton will lead on the project and the ECMS Hub and Spokes will focus on upskilling to support and help local business growth and will deliver apprenticeships through to Degree apprenticeships at the University.
It will also provide employer-led training designed to improve productivity and growth in the high value manufacturing sector, bringing together business partners and education providers including Dudley College, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP), Thomas Dudley, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming and the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers.
£8.04 million funding for the project was received from the BCLEP, with the partners investing an additional £4.15 million, bringing the total project value to £12.19 million.