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New programme of bitesize courses launched by Skills Factory

The Black Country Skills Factory has launched a new programme of bite-size courses for Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 for high value manufacturing (HVM) companies in the Black Country.

Employer-led courses

The new programme has been developed using employer feedback from a course survey sent in July; and reflects the current training needs of Black Country companies.

Courses cover topics from Management and Leadership, Maintenance Multi-skilling, Welding & Fabrication, CNC Machining & Setting, and Metal treatment, Metallurgy & Toolroom as detailed below.

Click on course titles below for full course information and to book places using the online enquiry form at the end of course details.

Management and Leadership:
Training the Workforce23 Sep 2015
Time Management9 Oct 2015
Basic Employment Law23 Oct 2015
Developing & Coaching Staff4 Nov 2015
Lean25 Nov 2015
Appraisal & Performance Management16 Dec 2015
Material Planning & Production ControlJan 2016 (date to be finalised)
Managing Health & Safety as an Operational Manager/Leaderregister your interest
Control of Quality in the Workplaceregister your interest
Communication Skillsregister your interest
Problem Solving & Decision Makingregister your interest
Measurement of Production Efficiencyregister your interest

Maintenance Multi-skilling & Production Setting:
Basic Pneumatic Systems12-13 Oct, 9-10 Nov, 14-15 Dec 2015
Basic Hydraulic Systems5-6 Oct, 2-3 Nov, 7-8 Dec 2015
Intermediate Pneumatics/Hydraulics (Electro Control)21-22 Sep, 19-20 Oct, 16-17 Nov, 21-22 Dec 2015
Advanced Pneumatics/Hydraulics (PLC)26-27 Oct 2015
17th Edition Wiring Regulations (4 day course) – 14, 15, 21, 22 Sept 2015
Factory Electrical Power SuppliesDates planned for 2016, please enquire
Switches, Relays and SensorsDates planned for 2016, please enquire

Welding & Fabrication:
Mig/Tig including Aluminium welding, all levels, 1-3 days – various dates available

Metal treatment, Metallurgy & Toolroom:
Metallurgy for non-Metallurgists10-11 Nov 2015
Principles of Heat Treatment15 Oct 2015, 17 Dec 2015
Understanding drawing tolerancesDates planned for 2016 – please enquire
Mechanical Testing TechniquesDates planned for 2016 – please enquire

CNC Machining & Setting:
Fanuc Operator Milling Beginnersvarious dates available
Fanuc Programming Milling Beginnersvarious dates available
Fanuc Programming Milling Course 3 or 4 Axis Machinesvarious dates available
Heidenhain vertical and horizontal 3 or 4 Axis Programmingvarious dates available
Fanuc Operator Turning Beginnersvarious dates available
Fanuc Programming Turning Beginnersvarious dates available
Fanuc Programming Turning Coursesvarious dates available

Computer Aided Design:
AutoCAD 2D: Flexible learning (30hrs). Drop in evenings – please enquire
SolidWorks – Solid Modelling: Flexible learning (40hrs). Drop in evenings – please enquire

Course bookings and enquiries

Bookings and enquiries can be made by clicking on course titles (above) and registering your interest directly through the Skills Factory website.

For an informal discussion on any of the above courses, or if you have a bespoke training requirement, please call Colin Parker on 07944 268709 or e-mail

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