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Dates for new and existing bite-size courses launched

The Black Country Skills Factory  have launched new dates for new and existing bite-size courses for high value manufacturing (HVM) companies in the Black Country.  The programme will run from early September until December 2014 and will give manufacturers the opportunity to benefit from subsidised training of up to 30% off bite-size courses brokered through the Skills Factory (subject to availability). We also offer subsidies towards a number of existing technical training courses in the Black Country – please enquire for further details.

Brokered bite-size courses cover topics from Maintenance Multi-skilling, Welding & Fabrication, CNC Machining & Setting, and Metal treatment, Metallurgy & Toolroom as detailed below.

The full course details are available on the Skills Factory website at - simply search courses by skills area under the ‘Current Bite-size Courses’ menu.

Bite-size courses

Maintenance Multi-skilling & Production Setting:
Basic Pneumatic Systems - 01/09, 17/11 & 01/12 
Basic Hydraulic Systems - 11/09 & 18/12 
Intermediate Pneumatics/Hydraulics (Electro Control) - 15/09 & 27/10 
Factory Electrical Power Supplies - 23/09 & 28/10 
Switches Relays & Sensors - 01/10/2014 
Introductory Siemens PLC – 06/10/2014
Intermediate Siemens PLC – 08/12/2014
Introductory Mitsubishi PLC - 28/10/2014
Advanced Pneumatics/Hydraulics (PLC Control) - coming soon*

Welding & Fabrication:
Arc (Stick) / Mig Welding Introductory – 02/09/2014
Tig Welding Improvers – 09/09/2014
Mig Welding Improvers – 16/09/2014
Aluminium Tig Welding – various dates available* 

CNC Machining & Setting:
Vertical & Horizontal Milling – Fanuc Control Programming – various supported courses*
Vertical & Horizontal Milling – Heidenhain Control Programming – various supported courses*
CNC Turning – Fanuc Control Programming – various supported courses*

Metal treatment, Metallurgy & Toolroom:
Metallurgy for non-Metallurgists – 15/10/2014
Principles of Heat Treatment – various dates available*
Non Destructive testing of metals – (principles) – various dates available*

Computer Aided Design:
AutoCAD 2D: Flexible learning (30hrs). Drop in Thursdays 10am-5pm.
SolidWorks – Solid Modelling: Flexible learning (40hrs). Drop in Thursdays 10am-5pm.

*Register your interest in this course on our website.

Course information and booking

Course costs: a subsidy of up to 30% is offered off the above courses. 

For more information or to book a place, please complete the online enquiry form under the respective course. Visit the Skills Factory website at and search by skills area under the ‘Current Bite-size Courses’ menu. 

Alternatively please contact Colin Parker on 07944 268709 / 01384 471160 for an informal discussion.

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