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20/11/2014
Skills Factory working to engineer a better world!

ITN Productions were commissioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to produce a feature news programme to promote the importance of engineering in the UK and the role it plays in our society and economy.

The Black Country Skills Factory was featured in the film as an example of a local and targeted project aimed at improving the skills needed for the high value manufacturing sector in the Black Country. 

Natasha Kaplinsky presents the programme, Working to Engineer a Better World, which features examples of the support offered to Black Country manufacturers through the Skills Factory project.

Filming took place at Carbex Ltd, a micro business in Kingswinford who have been supported by the Skills Factory through a wage subsidy to take on an apprentice. In Tipton, RSA Academy – advocates of the ‘Manufacture your Future’ careers resource and Huf UK Ltd, who have benefitted from subsidised bite-size technical courses, were also filmed. Stewart Towe, Chairman of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and MD of Hadley Group was also interviewed at Hadley Industries in Smethwick.

Nigel Houlston, Partner at Carbex Ltd, said: "We have a duty to encourage and train young people for the future of the manufacturing sector. Hopefully this film will emphasise the work the Skills Factory is delivering to support small businesses and give a real picture of the modern manufacturing workplace, and in doing so help to dispel myths regarding the sector.”

Paul Linton, Chairman Black Country Skills Factory Board and Deputy to the MD at Huf UK, said: "We need to develop our education systems and training to ensure our young people are at the cutting edge of technology across the manufacturing and engineering sector. Projects like the Black Country Skills Factory are leading the way in addressing the skills gap in order to ensure we continue to make products in the Black Country that are sold around the world for years to come.”

The film was launched to trade specialists at the IET Achievement Awards and IET Innovation Awards in London on Wednesday 19 November 2014.


Working to Engineer a Better World 

View the Skills Factory film here: 



The full IET feature film, approximately 1 hour long, is available to view here.

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