West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

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Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA) are the lead for the Collaborative Skills Partnership (CSP), they bring with them a wealth of sector knowledge and experience. In addition to CKMA, Calderdale College, Leeds City College and Wakefield College also have a dedication to developing the sector.

The Leeds City Region is at the heart of the UK’s engineering and advanced manufacturing industry, with 7,300 manufacturing and engineering businesses based in the region employing 144,000 people. With world-leading specialisms and businesses, the Leeds City Region represents the largest manufacturing base in the UK. Regional manufacturing specialisms include a diverse range of activities such as textiles, glass processing, furniture and wood products, chemicals, electrical equipment and beverages.

So far, we understand that the sector faces a wide variety of challenges, including difficulties finding staff with relevant skills, an ageing workforce, increasing automation, and a lack of young people entering the labour market. These factors are leading to an increasing need for training and skills that aligns to the changing needs of the sector.

Having listened to employers, education providers and industry bodies in the region, we have several project ideas from various colleges. These include skills projects around robotic technologies, additive manufacturing, a glass manufacturing apprenticeship and train the trainer development for senior engineers and technicians. As part of the on-going project development work, we are keen to engage local employers in the industry to help shape the future provision and take part in the pilot training, once developed.

Chair: Martin Booth, CKMA (Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance)

Members: BorgWarner, Calderdale College, Chemfix, Christeyns, CKMA/ WYMA, Daletech Electronics Limite, D Benson Controls Limited, Kirklees College, NG Bailey, NuFarm, SNF, University of Huddersfield, Wakefield College, Wakefield Council

Key Contact: Bryony Cooper, WYCC Skills Associate