The not-for-profit organisation is working with its technical partners to deliver a suite of world-class technology courses to its members, which will help bridge the skills gap, increase R&D and help support the post Covid-19 recovery.

Industry experts Bauromat, Guhring, ETG, Hexagon MI and Ceratizit WNT and business specialists BDO, FBC Manby Bowdler and In-Comm Training have agreed to host the interactive sessions completely free of charge and will cover topics, ranging from automation, robot/CNC programming and cutting tools to arc/resistance welding, PLC programming and pneumatics.

The training will initially be delivered through short webinars or one-to-one sessions at partner sites, adhering to social distancing rules at all times.

“As lockdown eases and businesses reopen, the TMG are keen to support the UK manufacturing sector through the recovery period ahead,” explains Cassie Grillo, business development executive at the Training & Manufacturing Group.

“With a reduction in productivity during the lockdown period and the subsequent financial impact many have experienced, there is a real opportunity to look at updating your processes or broadening the skills of your workforce.

“This got us thinking and, after detailed conversations with our technical partners and our member companies, we have developed a number of upskilling options they can use for apprentices and employees who are currently furloughed.

“Getting the most out of automation, robotics and CNC machining can help to boot productivity and this will be crucial as firms look to recover and lay foundations for getting back on track.”

Explains John D’Angelillo, managing director of Bauromat: “The idea is to give a taste of other skill bases that could benefit their manufacturing processes, upskill their know-how, or even allow them to consider the benefits of apprenticeships.

“It’s not to provide in-depth training, as this can be done through our training centres, but instead provoke conversation about training and guidance that can then be developed further.”

The Training and Manufacturing Group is a consortium of like-minded businesses having a common vision to improve skills and productivity in the UK. It has varying levels of membership, ensuring that the group is open to all, from small businesses just starting out, through to multi-national companies with multiple facilities across the world.

Its 150-company membership covers a wide range of engineering and manufacturing sectors, from automotive and aerospace to oil and gas and nuclear, with the most recent additions, including Central Fabrications, Gleeson Recruitment, Met Recruitment, MyWorkwear and Select Hardware.

The free training is part of a range of benefits available through the TMG Membership. For just £150 per year, companies can access benefits including grants and funding opportunities, a full free legal review, regular newsletters and support with apprenticeship recruitment.