Workforce for the Future - Digital Learning Factories

The National Composites Centre (NCC) previously offered SMEs in the West of England Combined Authority region the opportunity to develop their digital capability for free, as part of the Workforce for the Future programme.

Digital Learning Factory training modules were created by the NCC, GKN Aerospace and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) to give businesses and their employees the understanding and confidence to apply digital technologies in the workplace.

Following the final delivery of the Digital Learning Factories, your business can still get involved and take the first steps towards enhancing your awareness around digital technologies and automation through two online courses.

Digitising your Manufacturing Business

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Digitising your Manufacturing Business

This course is tailored to manufacturing business of all sizes with three modules aimed at providing an understanding the benefits of digitisation, how the technologies can generate value and how your own action plan for digital deployment can be developed.

Developing the Business Case for Automation Adoption

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Developing the Business Case for Automation Adoption

This course focuses on automation giving an awareness of the types of automation solutions out there and how and why they might be used. Alongside this, an overview of the related costs and wider considerations around adopting these solutions is presented to help you develop the skills to develop a business case specific to your business.

Each of these courses is online and self-paced to fit around your existing commitments with a duration of approximately 3 hours. The courses were developed by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) with a SME audience in mind, particularly for businesses looking to take their first step towards Industry 4.0.

For more details on how to access one of these free courses before March 2024, please register your interest. 

Register your interest

Looking for more digital technologies training?

The NCC can offer bespoke training on digital technologies based on the previous Digital Learning Factories modules we delivered. This includes:

  • Immersive technologies - combining the physical world with the digital that offers increased productivity and efficiency to businesses
  • Creating an Internet of Things (IoT) network – explaining what an IoT is, how to efficiently set out your requirements and how physical networks are established
  • Data collection and display – helping you pick apart sources of data within a manufacturing environment, how they are measured and how they are displayed.

If you would like to find out more and discuss your requirements, please contact our Training team [mailto: [email protected]].

About Workforce for the Future

Workforce for the Future was a free support service for businesses and individuals in the West of England. The £8m programme was funded by the West of England Combined Authority and European Social Fund (ESF) to help businesses across all industries & sectors develop employees’ skills, understand how they can meet their current and future skills needs and attract, develop and retain talented people.

The programme ran from February 2020 – September 2023 across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and was delivered with support from a range of partners.


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