The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, University of Wolverhampton

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) is a flagship project in the Black Country LEP’s 2014 Strategic Economic Plan and functions as an employer-led training facility designed to improve productivity and growth in the Black Country’s high value manufacturing sector.

The ECMS building is the central hub and admin building and together with the National Foundry Training Centre in Dudley, and the National Tooling Centre in Aldridge provides access for advanced manufacturing personnel to gain practical skills development covering the latest manufacturing technologies in a safe and managed environment.

Alongside the West Midlands University Technical College and the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, the ECMS is central to the University of Wolverhampton’s vision of enhancing the student experience and supporting business growth, acting as the catalyst for economic and social regeneration.

The facility is based on the site of Wolverhampton’s former Springfield Brewery, which since the land’s purchase in 2014 by the University of Wolverhampton, has been rejuvenated into a centre of excellence for construction and the built environment, delivering an unbeatable skills pathway for construction education and training from the age of 14 to senior professionals.

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