Wolverhampton University

News Release

Monday, 27 February 2017

New manager appointed to develop business for flagship project

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed a new Business Development Manager for the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) – part of the ambitious £11 million project to regenerate the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton.

Trevor Codner, 53, from Wolverhampton, has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering training solutions for employers, having worked for the Employment Service, Jobcentre Plus and Steps to Work and more recently for Nova Training based in Willenhall.

Trevor said: “In my new post I will be supporting the development of business and learner engagement, generating apprenticeship opportunities – including Degree Apprenticeships – as well as bespoke training solutions to create a self-sustaining advanced manufacturing training organisation.

“My 30 year career has focused on employer engagement and during that time I managed a supply chain of delivery partners, successfully building partnerships with both public and private sector organisations. Our new dedicated ECMS centres will provide world-class training facilities as well as higher level apprenticeship pathways. We will also focus on developing vocational skills to support and help businesses to grow and flourish, providing transferrable skills for other sectors not only in the Black Country but across the UK and internationally.”

In his spare time Trevor plays piano, is a vocal coach and teaches music in the community including young people, Christian organisations and community groups.

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) approved £8.04 million funding for a new Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) in Wolverhampton with training hubs due to open in Tipton, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Led by the University of Wolverhampton, the hubs will provide employer-led training centres designed to improve productivity and growth in the high value manufacturing (HVM) sector, bringing together business partners and education providers including Dudley College, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Cast Metals Federation and the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and Thomas Dudley Ltd. The partners are investing an additional £4.15 million, bringing the total project value to £12.19 million.

Anyone interested in enquiring about manufacturing training, skills, apprenticeships or Continuous Professional Development (CPD) should contact Trevor on 01902 321663/0800 953222 or email t.codner@wlv.ac.uk.

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Date Issued: 22nd February 2017
Notes to editors
About the University of Wolverhampton
• The latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey placed the University second in the UK for employability, with 96% of graduates securing work or further study six months after graduating.
• Satisfaction among students is at its highest ever level, with 84% of students reporting they were satisfied in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
• The institution’s excellent teaching and learning provision spans sciences, creative and performing arts, education, business and management, health and wellbeing, engineering and technology, law and social sciences.
• In the last round of assessment for research excellence in the UK, Wolverhampton was ranked at its highest ever level, with each member of staff and subject area evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) recognised as having world-leading elements.
• Based at campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford, education centres in Stafford and Burton and business solutions centres in Wolverhampton, Telford and Hereford, the University has over 23,000 students and 2,400 staff. The University of Wolverhampton Science Park is home to tenant businesses and supports the development of innovative companies.
• The University welcomes students from around the world and has regional offices in Malaysia, Oman, India, Nigeria, China and South Africa. Courses are also delivered with global partners in China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
• It is investing £250 million over the next five years as part of the Our Vision, Your Opportunity programme. The ambitious plans to invest in education, training and economic growth include the £25 million Rosalind Franklin Science Building, the new £18 million Lord Swraj Paul business school building and the £100 million Springfield Campus, creating an international hub for construction excellence. Work is currently also under way on a new £10m Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park.