CNC Training Academy has strong first year

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The first full year of trading for the CNC Training Academy, part of Mills CNC, sales turnover topped £58,000 with over 270 individuals accessing its CNC training courses.

CNC Training Academy manager Jeff Hart (pictured) comments: "Over 110 companies selected the Academy as its CNC training provider in 2010, and feedback from these companies as to the quality, comprehensiveness and value of our training courses has been extremely positive." A stand at the 2010 MACH Show paid immediate dividends, according to Mr Hart: "The decision to exhibit at MACH was both a good and an important one for us. "We used the exhibition to promote the range of Fanuc and Heidenhain CNC Programmer Training Courses available, and offered visitors to the stand, via practical 'real-time' demonstrations and workshops, the opportunity to assess their knowledge and skills and to see (for themselves) the productivity gains that could be achieved by investing in training from the CNC Training Academy." Other Academy initiatives such as allowing customers the ability to spread the cost of their training over a 12 month period, and the introduction of Siemens CNC Programmer training courses proved attractive to manufacturers, and helped contribute to the Academy's sales performance. Mr Hart concludes: "We aim to improve our performance in 2011, and have put a number of initiatives in place to help us do just that. Over the last two months, we have revamped our facility and invested heavily (in hardware, software and audio-visual equipment and resources), to make the training environment for customers truly 'state-of-the-art'. We are also running, in conjunction with CEME (Centre for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence), a number of seminars and introductory milling and turning training workshops early in 2011 aimed at end-users and CNC training providers."