New skills partnerships forged

A year after its foundation, the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing has announced two new partnerships that aim to improve skills within UK manufacturing companies.

The first of the partnerships is with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which represents 80,000 engineers and sets standards throughout the sector. IMechE will now validate all training programmes from the SkillsAcademy, meaning its courses will count towards qualification for Incorporated and Chartered Engineer status. It will also become an accredited provider of EngTech and Monitored Professional Development Schemes and roll out the service to client companies.

The other partnership is with WMG, the international research and education group at WarwickUniversity. WMG has identified a new methodology for skills development that has already enabled local businesses in the West Midlands to make £25m through increased business and cost savings. The National Skills Academy for Manufacturing is working with WMG to disseminate this approach to employers and learning providers throughout the UK manufacturing sector.

In the past 12 months, the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing has validated the skills of over 350 trainers and assessors, and helped companies across the sector select and employ programmes to improve the skills of over 700 employees.