Metals industry boosted by teamworking scheme

Workforce skills in the West Midlands metals industry are to receive a boost
following the launch of a leadership and team-working initiative.

Employers will be given access to subsidised, nationally recognised industry
training to create flexible, self managed teams.

The scheme is being led by Metals Industry Skills and Performance
(MetSkill), the national strategic sector body which supports skills and
development needs of industry employers.

The metals industry is hoping to develop team leaders and skilled employees
in an industry that accounts for more than 10 per cent of the region’s economy,
but is changing rapidly as a sector.

Twenty companies have already sent staff on the training programmes which
include communication, problem solving, quality management and health and

Stephen Tilsley, chairman of MetSkill, said companies can achieve real
improvements by working together strategically: "Times are tough for
metals companies and it is difficult to look beyond the problems facing us.
Working more strategically as a sector gives employers the advantage of
benefiting from a collective industry approach," he said.

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