More than 100 companies have signed up to a scheme which aims to bridge the skills gap in manufacturing and engineering in the city region.
In its first eight months the Academy of Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence, run by Brinsworth Training, has found apprenticeships for 63 unemployed youngsters and has training completed or in the pipeline for 40 staff at more than 20 firms.
Employers who have signed up include Ronseal, Cutting & Wear, Firth Rixson, Toyoda Gosei and Robson Handling Technology. They can access subsidised training under the scheme, which is aimed at delivering training that cannot be found elsewhere.
Jen Spendlove, operations director of Brinsworth Training, said: “It might be that a company has an employee who knows how to use one piece of equipment, but not another. Rather than sending them on a big course which doesn’t really cover what they want and has all the costs in time and money, we can organise the niche training they need. It literally fills the skills gap.”