ETG backs new In-Comm Technical Academy in the Black Country

Posted on March 28, 2018

More than £500,000 of the latest CNC machine tool technology has been installed by the Engineering Technology Group (ETG) at the In-Comm Technical Academy opened last week in Aldridge.

The 24,000 sq ft facility will future-proof industry’s competitiveness by bridging the skills gap and ensuring the West Midlands is ready for the next industrial revolution.

Over 1600 apprenticeship and learning places have been created as a result and individuals will be able to learn, hone their competencies and develop new products on machines from Hardinge Bridgeport, Nakamura and Quaser – the latter fitted with the world class HALTER LoadAssistant.

Martin Doyle, Managing Director of the Engineering Technology Group (ETG), added his support: “I can remember seeing the shell of this building and thinking this would take some transformation… that is exactly what has happened.

“Companies in the West Midlands now have a world class Technical Academy that can deliver the best possible training to young people and, importantly, offer a host of courses to existing staff who want to develop and gain advanced manufacturing skills.”

He continued: “This is a vital resource if we want the UK to not only remain competitive, but actually lead the rest of the world when it comes to product innovation, efficiency and the ability to deliver complex parts on time and to exacting tolerances.

“A number of ETG staff travelled up for the launch to see how the centre had come together. These individuals have played an important role in specifying the right machinery and installing it on time and will now be key ambassadors in promoting the Technical Academy and in getting companies using it.

“The management team at In-Comm Training has shown great vision, courage and determination to turn the dream into a reality and, the fact more than twelve manufacturers have contributed time, money and expertise, shows the appetite for this type of model is out there.”

The Black Country Technical Academy is the latest ETG-backed centre and joins facilities in Birmingham, Wellesbourne and Newbridge in Ireland.

It has also hit the headlines for its involvement in the Marches Centres of Manufacturing & Technology in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury and its collaboration with Norton Motorcycles in the East Midlands.

For further information, please visit ETG at or @engtechgroup on twitter.