Skills Training UK exhibits at premier manufacturing event MACH 2018

April 20th, 2018

Skills Training UK was delighted to have exhibited at the UK’s premier manufacturing technology event – MACH 2018 – at the Birmingham NEC from April 9-13.

Director of Skills, Stephen Crawley, delivered a well-attended seminar on how bespoke Apprenticeships can be used to upskill existing workforces and create a culture of continuous improvement that aligns with business goals. 

He also discussed how both larger employers and SMEs can take advantage of the recent changes to Apprenticeships – including how those with a wage bill of more than £3m can spend their Apprenticeship Levy to generate maximum return on investment.

Stephen (pictured above, far right, at MACH 2018) said: “The Apprenticeship Levy does not need to be complicated. We can help with the process from start to finish – offering a full, turn-key consultancy service that works in partnership with employers to help them understand and manage their Apprenticeship Levy to ensure they receive maximum benefit. 

“Employers often discover that Apprenticeships are more affordable than they think because the payments are spread across the duration of the programme.

“However, crucially, levy funds expire after two years, so it’s important for them to be used as soon as possible if employers want to take full advantage. Otherwise, it’s money just sitting there that will go to waste.”

Skills Training UK also attended the recent two-day BINDT Aerospace Event at the BAWA Centre in Bristol (pictured below), which showcased the latest products, innovations and technology available in the materials testing and NDT aerospace industry.

Last year Skills Training UK, a corporate member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), launched two new NDT Apprenticeships.

We have also partnered with several NDT training schools: TWI, Lavender International, ImechE ETS, Aerospace Inspection Training, and the International School of Aerospace.

Stephen added: “Since launching our NDT Apprenticeships in 2017, we have had significant industry interest which has led to over 70 Apprentice starts in a range of sectors from aerospace and automotive through to utilities and manufacturing.

“We know from our work within the sector that the NDT community has an ageing workforce and that there is a growing skills gap. Our partnerships with our training partners will address that and deliver training of the highest possible standard so that the next generation of NDT specialists have the appropriate skills desired by employers.”

Skills Training UK designs and delivers bespoke Apprenticeship programmes for both larger employers that pay the Apprenticeship Levy and smaller SMEs, offering a tailored approach which aligns with workforce development goals.

We have a proven track record in STEM sectors across industries that include aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, materials testing and rail – improving productivity and enhancing the skills and confidence of employees of all ages.