In-Comm Training and Business Services, which was established in 1982, is looking to recruit young people who interested in engineering, manufacturing, warehousing, welding and customer service as its looks to break the 450 learner barrier for the first time in its history.
The company is offering intermediate, advanced and higher courses at both its Aldridge and Shrewsbury sites, which are complete with new lathes and milling machines, CNC capabilities, a new electrical section and an increased number of MIG/TIG/MAA welding stations.
There has also been significant funding channeled into the creation of two CAD design centres, including the integration of the latest CAD/CAM software.
Gareth Jones, managing director of In-Comm Training and Enterprise Advisor for a local secondary school, said: "Enhancing fast track competency through vocational training is an excellent start to the learning cycle and this is why we have taken the bold decision to invest so much into our two academies and in employing some of the best manufacturing professionals in industry.
"We want to unlock the region’s true potential and the only way we can do that is to attract young people and then give them access to the best possible mentors, lecturers and trainers in a world class environment.
"Of the 65 places available, 50 of them are involved in industry and we are currently working with more than 20 employers who are ready to offer placements."
The management team at In-Comm is pleased with the progress of its Shrewsbury academy, which it launched last year in partnership with Salop Design & Engineering.
More than 40 apprentices are studying at the facility, with another 25 set to start shortly and a further 10 places available.
Phase 2, which is due to start, will involve installation of advanced manufacturing equipment to deliver higher level qualifications on-site.
Christopher Greenough, commercial director at Salop Design & Engineering, said: "ITAS is a great example of how a manufacturer and a specialist training provider can work together to deliver the skills industry desperately needs.
"The Government has done a lot recently to inform employers of the value of apprentices and how the new levy will operate.
"What we need now is a concerted push from all parties involved to inform the next generation of workers and employers of the numerous opportunities an apprenticeship can provide."
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