QMT News: March 2009
Skills Academy and Warwick University to spread best practice
The National Skills Academy for Manufacturing and WMG at the University of Warwick have signed an agreement to pool their collective knowledge in skills development for the benefit of UK manufacturing.

The partnership will disseminate the knowledge from WMG’s £72 million Premium Automotive Research and Development Programme. This worked with Jaguar Land Rover to help suppliers to premium car manufacturers in the West Midlands develop their skills, products, processes and market understanding to such a level as to be competitive in global markets. Through a focus on skills development, it recently helped to save some £4m in bringing Jaguar’s new XF model to market in a record 29 months.

The Skills Academy has spent two years researching and implementing leading edge practices that enable work-based learning to achieve its full potential. This has resulted in a new systems-based approach to learning from the Skills Academy known as the Learning Engine. This new model is designed to link training to business objectives to provide a measurable return - initial results show a 6:1 return on any investment in learning.
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