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New manager appointed to develop business for flagship project

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed a new Business Development Manager for the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) – part of the ambitious £11 million project to regenerate the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton.

Trevor Codner, 53, from Wolverhampton, has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering training solutions for employers, having worked for the Employment Service, Jobcentre Plus and Steps to Work and more recently for Nova Training based in Willenhall.

Trevor said: “In my new post I will be supporting the development of business and learner engagement, generating apprenticeship opportunities – including Degree Apprenticeships – as well as bespoke training solutions to create a self-sustaining advanced manufacturing training organisation.

“My 30 year career has focused on employer engagement and during that time I managed a supply chain of delivery partners, successfully building partnerships with both public and private sector organisations. Our new dedicated ECMS centres will provide world-class training facilities as well as higher level apprenticeship pathways. We will also focus on developing vocational skills to support and help businesses to grow and flourish, providing transferrable skills for other sectors not only in the Black Country but across the UK and internationally.”

In his spare time Trevor plays piano, is a vocal coach and teaches music in the community including young people, Christian organisations and community groups.

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) approved £8.04 million funding for a new Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) in Wolverhampton with training hubs due to open in Tipton, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

Led by the University of Wolverhampton, the hubs will provide employer-led training centres designed to improve productivity and growth in the high value manufacturing (HVM) sector, bringing together business partners and education providers including Dudley College, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Cast Metals Federation and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and Thomas Dudley Ltd. The partners are investing an additional £4.15 million, bringing the total project value to £12.19 million.

Anyone interested in enquiring about manufacturing training, skills, apprenticeships or Continuous Professional Development (CPD) should contact Trevor on 01902 321663/0800 953222 or email

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