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Posted on 01/01/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

ECMS helps find apprentice for patternmaker

ECMS helps find apprentice for patternmaker

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills has helped a local engineering company create the right pattern for plugging its skills gap by taking on a new apprentice.

The ECMS is a new employer-led training facility for the Black Country, designed to enhance productivity in the region’s high value manufacturing sector by providing specialist training and helping to close skills gaps identified by employers.

Following a visit to The Skills Show in November, Christopher Ravenall, aged 20, from Castle Bromwich, was introduced to Elkington Brothers, a pattern and toolmaking firm based in Great Barr, Sandwell.

James Kelly, managing director at Elkington Brothers, said: “We have an ageing workforce and an ever-increasing skills gap but we’ve struggled historically to find a course suitable for new apprentices. We’ve worked closely with the ECMS in relation to developing relevant course content and an apprenticeship which covers the depths needed for pattern and tool making.


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