08 Mar 2017
Ceremony breaks new ground in investment in manufacturing skills
The University of Wolverhampton has
appointed Aspect Construction to build its Elite
Centre for Manufacturing Skills
(ECMS) Hub at the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton.
The landmark occasion, which took
place on the first day of National Apprenticeship Week, was marked by a ground breaking
ceremony at the site where the building works are due to take place.
The ECMS Hub and Spokes
will provide world-class training facilities and will support the delivery of
apprenticeships through to degree level Apprenticeships at the University. They will also focus on upskilling to support
and help business growth, providing transferrable skills for other sectors in
the Black Country, across the UK and internationally.
The Black Country Local Enterprise
Partnership (LEP) approved £8.04 million funding
for the ECMS project with training being delivered in Tipton, Dudley, West
Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "We are committed to
the regeneration of Wolverhampton and this ceremony marks the next stage of our
ambitious plans to re-develop this historic site – helping to boost the economy
and create jobs.
"The Black Country
LEP has been instrumental in ensuring the project will deliver an employer-led
training provision that doesn’t currently exist in the region, designed to
improve productivity and growth in the high value manufacturing (HVM) sector.”
Councillor Claire Darke, City of Wolverhampton
Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This is another major milestone
towards creating a European-leading Built Environment education campus in the
City of Wolverhampton.
"This historic site, which has been vacant for over
a quarter of a century, is being brought back to life by the University, and is
part of the multi-billion-pound investment by the public and private sectors in
"There is no doubt the Elite Centre for
Manufacturing Skills (ECMS), alongside the UTC and the relocated School of
Architecture and Built Environment will help raise the bar when it comes to
skills and employment in the city.”
Allmark, Construction Director at Aspect
"The ECMS Hub is an exciting project to be working on with University of
Wolverhampton. Aspect Construction’s
sensitive approaches to heritage and conservation works, with the support of
our specialist heritage supply chain, ensure that we restore buildings to their
former excellence, transforming the built environment.
"We’re really looking forward to working with
the University and the local community on this exciting restoration project,
helping to restore this building to its former glory.”
Reynolds, Managing Director of Tweedale Architects based in Wolverhampton, said: "The
plans involve an L-shaped brick building which was constructed in the early
1880s and originally used as the brewery’s stables until, with the coming of
motor transport, it was used as the brewery’s vehicle garage and repair shop.
"The current building has suffered from deterioration and
dilapidation since the closure of the brewery more than 20 years ago. Our
design aims to deliver high quality spaces for the provision of training,
teaching and demonstration, and also includes welfare facilities and
administrative offices associated with the operation of the centre.”
by the University of Wolverhampton, the ECMS will provide employer-led training
designed to improve productivity and growth in the high value manufacturing
(HVM) sector, bringing together business partners and education providers
including Dudley College, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Cast
Metals Federation and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and Thomas Dudley
Ltd. The partners are investing an additional £4.15 million, bringing the
total project value to £12.19 million.
has now started on the building project and is due to be completed by August
Anyone interested in enquiring about
manufacturing training, skills, apprenticeships or Continuous Professional
Development (CPD) should contact 01902 321663/0800 953222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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