10 Apr Founding training returns to dedicated centre

Training in casting and foundry related processes returned to a dedicated £4M foundry training centre in the UK for the first time in over a quarter of a century in March, as the ICME hosted a large UK automotive OEM at the new National Foundry Training Centre (NFTC) in Dudley Port, West Midlands.

The NFTC is one part of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) which represents an investment of £12.6m in skills development in the Casting and Metalforming industries, with the creation of three bespoke training centres around the Black Country. The National Foundry Training Centre will have design, moulding and melting facilities to enable practical as well as foundry training at all levels.

Over the course of three days, Andrew Turner FICME, Business Development Manager for ICME and Richard Heath Prof MICME, hosted a group of twelve Costing and Purchasing Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover to present a foundation course in high pressure diecasting.

The course, included an overview of the range of casting processes as well as visits to two local foundries, Sarginsons Industries Ltd in Coventry and Amtek Aluminium in Kidderminster.

This was the first group of people to be trained in the NFTC and the first of several courses agreed with JLR as they seek to improve the knowledge of their employees in foundry processes.

ICME are able to arrange bespoke training courses on a range of foundry and castings related subjects for any type of business, including foundries, suppliers and customers in addition to the regular courses that are on offer.

For details of bespoke training programmes or to find out more about ICME’s current programme of short courses, please contact Andrew Turner or Julia Cartwright.

Angela Mason
Angela Mason