School of Technology
A new specialist workshop focused on upskilling the
manufacturing workforce, driven by demand from the manufacturing
industry, has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton and
the sector skills council, Semta.
Demand for training aimed at CNC machine technicians in the
region was identified, and a curriculum developed to meet this need
with input from industry.
The workshop, delivered one day a week over a five-week period,
provides practical hands-on experience and encompasses the life
cycle of a component from drawing to the finished product.
The workshop also involves delegates undertaking a CNC
diagnostic (developed by Semta) before the workshop starts and
again at the end, this method establishes the improvements made
which can be demonstrated back to the employer.
A pilot five-week workshop, titled Component Manufacture through
Computer Numerical Control (CNC), was delivered to seven
participants in May and a second workshop is planned for July 2011.
The workshop is aimed at CNC technicians, but is also suitable for
engineers, designers and quality assurance staff.
The demand for such a workshop was identified by the West
Midlands Manufacturing Strategy Group which aims to highlight ways
in which the region can become more competitive in world
Semta, the sector skills council for Science, Engineering and
Manufacturing Technologies, analysed the provision currently
available and spoke to manufacturing and aerospace companies to
understand what makes a good CNC technician.
Said Bill Twigg, Development Director, Semta: “From our research
we found that CNC skills were the number one technical skill needed
in the West Midlands.
“The workshop was developed and designed with industry and the
provider network to meet the needs of the manufacturing sector. We
chose the University of Wolverhampton as partners because it has
the high-tech equipment need to provide practical training and the
capability to deliver the training faster, easier and with higher
The workshop is delivered by Iain Lyall, Technical Consultant
for Innovative Product Development, based at the University’s
Telford Campus. He says: “The people delivering the workshop are
ex-industry so it’s being delivered by people who have experience
doing the job.
“We want companies to take on work that they would not normally
do, that is the only way that manufacturing in the West Midlands is
going to hold its own both locally and globally.”
The University in conjunction with Semta has developed three
levels for the curriculum and as well as the class based elements
it includes hands-on experience. It is hoped that the workshop
model will be distributed to the rest of the country; current
national demand for the workshop indicates that this will be the
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