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Skills bootcamp to enhance manufacturing efficiency to launch at MTC training

    Skills bootcamp to enhance manufacturing efficiency to launch at MTC training.

    Intensive programme will boost SME productivity in the West Midlands.

    MTC Training, the training wing of the Manufacturing Technology Centre based in Coventry, has secured funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to deliver a brand-new training course that will improve the efficiency of manufacturing businesses across the region.

    The Skills Bootcamp Manufacturing Efficiency programme, which is supported by Lloyds Bank, aims to support managers and leaders looking to upskill and optimise their organisation’s processes and output with its unique combination of face-to-face training, self-study and online and remote learning.

    Participating businesses will also benefit from line walks facilitated by MTC’s Manufacturing Support Services consultancy experts, who will help delegates with the initial identification of inefficiencies within their workplace across business activity and technology, as well as continued guidance to enhance skills development through the programme.

    In the decade leading up to the pandemic, the West Midlands was the fastest growing region outside of London, but our report suggests skills shortages have led to 1 in 4 vacancies in the region being classed as ‘hard to fill’. We’re determined to help our small and medium enterprises (SMEs) fulfil those ‘hard to fill’ roles through the skills development of its talented employees, particularly where their busy schedules may not ordinarily allow them the chance to upskill.

    Louise Phipps, Senior Delivery Manager, WMCA

    During the 16-week programme, the delegates will build their skillsets in management, leadership and analytics across eight areas:

    • Costs
    • Process Improvement
    • Health and Safety in the Workplace
    • Workplace Organisation
    • Visual Management
    • Standard Work and Process Monitoring
    • Problem Solving
    • Continuous Improvement and Innovation.

    The first 12 recruits will begin their free learning journey in September 2023, with a further 36 joining the programme by the end of the year.

    The opportunity follows the publication of the WMCA’s Local Skills Report in 2022.


    Manufacturing businesses need to have leaders with vision and the right managerial skills to enable the adoption of new technologies across their entire operation. With strong leaders, businesses will be well-positioned to sustain competitive advantage for the long term, which presents additional benefits for the economy and our society. We’re delighted that WMCA recognises the value in our programme. This is testament to MTC’s SME expertise and our ability to deliver quality training in world-class facilities. We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of trainees next month.

    David Grailey, Managing Director, MTC Training

    SMEs are facing major succession challenges. At Lloyds, we know that investing in the future of our manufacturing industry will be essential to our region and the wider UK economy. That’s why we’re supporting MTC Training to offer the pilot of the programme free of charge, helping businesses overcome the financial challenges that come with taking key people out of the business for a period of time to develop their skills.

    Rebekah Taitt, Regional Development Director, Lloyds Bank

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