Successful Coffee and Q&A morning with MADE Cymru


On Tuesday morning, the MADE Cymru team hosted an informal Q&A via Zoom to answer questions about their Upskilling for Advanced Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) and Innovation Management courses. Since announcing that the courses are now fully funded (subject to eligibility), there has been an overwhelming response.

Tuesday’s session attracted a large number of Welsh manufacturing companies from a wide range of different sectors. There was a mix of both SMEs and large businesses all interested in finding out more about the MADE Cymru modules and courses. The team answered questions and provided additional information about the content.

Jo Ashburner from Red Dragon Manufacturers  who attended the session said: “Reassuringly concise, easily understandable and completely unstuffy. Just what I personally need to take our Welsh manufacturing business to the next level.  Roll on September when I can get my teeth into the coursework and my grey matter back into gear.”

Graham Howe, Principal Research Fellow and Lecturer at MADE Cymru said: “The Q&A was a valuable opportunity for us to talk to manufacturers and answer some of their questions. We’ve been inundated with enquiries about the fully funded places available – our courses have been designed specifically for Welsh manufacturing businesses – you can literally apply what you learnt on a Friday to your work on the Monday!”

MADE Cymru is a suite of three European funded programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling.

The courses (certified by UWTSD) are delivered by experienced industry experts and include:

  • Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing
  • Continuous Improvement with Industry 4.0
  • Innovation Management

We are going to produce a more detailed Q&A section on our website very soon, but here are some of the most popular questions from Tuesday:

When and where does the course take place? The taught elements are delivered live and online with blended learning every Friday afternoon with regular start dates throughout the year.

Can anyone do the course or are there particular entry qualifications required? Entry requirements can be assessed on an individual basis and prior experience is taken into consideration. For the level 5 Continuous Improvement with Industry 4.0 module, a minimum of a level 3 qualification is desirable. Contact us and we can put you in touch with one of our Lecturers.

What are the eligibility criteria for accessing the funding? Your organisation must be based in Wales or, as an employee you must be living in Wales. Size of company is not limited to SMEs – large and micro companies are also eligible. De Minimus rules apply – for support or clarification on this please contact us. If you are not eligible for funding, you can still join the programme but there will be a cost.

Is this just about academic theory? No, it’s very much work based. We want to teach you content that you can apply to your organisation asap.

What does hop on and hop off mean? Hop on and hop off allows you to enter and leave at defined entry and exit points

If the funding is only for a limited time, what happens if I sign up for a longer course? If you sign up for one of our longer courses, e.g. a full masters, the fully funded offer covers you regardless of how long it takes you to do.

Due to demand, there will be another Q&A session on Tuesday 7th July at 9:30am. To register in advance, please click the following link:

If you would like to talk to us before then or would like clarification on the above, please email [email protected] or complete the contact form below.