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The Casting Skills Centre


The Casting Skills Centre - a division of Castings Technology International - was set up to deliver skills development and training in response to the needs of the industry.  It is committed to improving the skills of people working at all levels within the foundry and related industries. We feel this is vitally important as the opportunities in mainstream education for relevant training is rapidly disappearing.
We are accredited by EMTA to deliver and assess NVQ's, and supports the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship scheme.

Our commitment is not only to provide training and assessment, but also to promote The Casting Industry as a viable career. To find out more, use the links below or explore the menu sub-entries on your left.

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Work-based NVQ's for employees and managers
What are NVQ's and how do they benefit you - successes
Industry relevant NVQ's for all employees and managers
Unit details and areas of assessment
Health & Safety NVQ Assessment and training course package

Advanced Modern Apprenticeships
Totally in-company delivery and NVQ assessment by foundry professionals
Unique NVQ practical assignment system and knowledge books provided
Links with Bradford College for Technical Certificate via Distance Learning
Apprentice on-line personal development and assessment

Training Courses
Cti classroom courses and workshops
In-company training and bespoke courses - Reviews
Course information and Agenda's - links to training calendar
Overseas training programs and events

Support for Schools
VSP training for year 10/11 Students
Achievments and projects
NVQ delivery in schools - pilot program
Career events
Work Experience
Cti placements for young people or school leavers to experience real Industry using "state of the art equipment"
Previous projects and placements
Opportunities for future placements


The development of the Skills Centre originated at Alvechurch, and was co-ordinated through the Castings 2000+ Human Resources Working Group which also carried out essential research into the skills needs of the industry. A Skills Challenge bid had secured £220k from the DfEE and the matching public funding demanded by the programme was provided by donations of £50k from the IBF and £150k from the National Metal Foundry Training Trust . Castings Technology International contributed a further £516k in cash and facilities. EMTA, The Engineering and Marine Training Authority, which is the casting industry’s National Training Organisation also fully endorsed the project and provided a further £5,000 of support for training development.

The Skills Centre is fully equipped to provide both classroom and in-company training to a high level of professional standards, our NVQ delivery system is second to none (within the industry) and all courses delivered by skilled professionals are actively engaged in casting production at the forefront of modern technology.

Such is the commitment of the Casting Skills Centre, our trainers are also qualified in the new FENTO (Further Education National Training Organisation) standards of education, understanding the latest teaching techniques, and finding out how to adopt these into their training courses. Applying new skills is not just about understanding how people learn, but making the learning material both interesting and motivating.

Steve France, Mike Harper and Steve Oxley with their Post-16 certificates of further education

Enhancements such as enrolment and assessment procedures, learner support, developing lesson plans and course structures provide a new professional standard which has helped the Casting Skills Centre become a City & Guilds approved and EMTA NVQ training provider.

Funding Support
Funding support may be available from national or regional agencies. Funding secured from Advantage West Midlands has enabled the Casting Skills Centre (in the past) to offer subsidies to delegates from SMEs, provided they enrol for the NVQ qualification. More information is available on request. Where appropriate the Skills Centre can assist companies in accessing the funding and help is also available for individuals wishing to utilise ‘Individual Learning Accounts’.

Further information is available from The Casting Skills Centre,
Castings Technology International,
Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Rotherham, S60 5WG.
Tel: 0114 254 1144

e-mail: Casting Skills Centre





Funding Support