MADE Cymru doubles its student numbers


The second cohort of students to join MADE Cymru’s Upskilling for Industry 4.0 and International Innovation Management courses have started. The courses, certified by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), have doubled their number of students since launch in 2019.

All MADE Cymru courses are delivered via online blended learning (on a Friday afternoon), making it ideal for students to study alongside their normal jobs. There are also different options from individual bite-sized modules to a full Masters so it can be flexible to suit different needs and commitments.

The students are from a diverse range of small and large Welsh manufacturing sectors including automotive, product design, architectural glass and fabrics. They are keen to find out more about disruptive technologies and how they can apply what they learn to their own organisations to help future-proof both their jobs and the manufacturing sector in Wales.

Covid-19 has changed the way in which we work, and e-learning in particular is recognised as an effective way of implementing sustainable change to boost productivity, staff morale and the Welsh economy. It is creating a culture of supportive learning.

What’s more, at the moment, the below courses are fully funded for eligible students:

  • Continuous Improvement with Industry 4.0 (Certificate 40 credits Level 5)
  • Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing (MSc Level 7) – option to study individual modules if desired
  • Business Improvement with Innovation Management (Certificate 40 credits Level 7)
  • International Innovation Management (MSc Level 7)

Helen Byrne, who works at Energizer Auto UK, said, “I joined the MADE Cymru course to develop my knowledge of Six Sigma and Lean principles in further detail having already completed Yellow Belt training before. This course is ideal for me as I work full time, so having classes every Friday helps me with my work-life balance and also allows me to apply what I have learnt in the classroom to my every day job. I hope to use the skills that I have learnt regarding waste reduction and productivity maximisation to help improve Procurement, Supply Chain and Manufacturing processes in the long term.”

MADE Cymru student Michael Bowen who works at Marelli in Llanelli said, “How we improve, innovate and drive change in business is key to achieving sustainability in Welsh manufacturing. The current climate has demonstrated that we need to be resilient and commit to our own personal development. The MADE Cymru programme is led by industry experts and the fact it is online means I can fit it around my work. It’s designed to be practical so I can embed the learning into my job immediately.”

Graham Howe, Principal Research Fellow and Lecturer at MADE Cymru said, “We are thrilled with the uptake of this year’s courses. Our next cohort is due to start in January and over the coming years we intend to work with colleagues in the Welsh manufacturing sector to both further their careers and improve the uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies in Wales.”

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MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/Fully Funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.