In-Comm receives ‘Andy Street’ backing for industry collaboration

The employer-led approach that has become the heartbeat of the In-Comm Training philosophy was given the Mayoral seal of approval last week.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, and Wendy Morton (MP for Aldridge and Brownhills) visited our Aldridge HQ to meet with Managing Director Gareth Jones, Sales Manager Paul Hodgetts and Brandauer Manufacturing Director Stuart Berry.

(L-R) Paul Hodgetts, Andy Street, Wendy Moreton MP, Gareth Jones and Stuart Berry of Brandauer.

(L-R) Paul Hodgetts, Andy Street, Wendy Moreton MP, Gareth Jones and Stuart Berry of Brandauer.


They wasted no time in understanding the reasoning behind the £1m Precision Tooling Academy and praised the collaborative efforts of the two companies in meeting a direct industrial need for ‘advanced skills’.

There was also time for a guided tour of the facility and the chance to meet Brandauer and In-Comm trainers, as well as some of the first engineers signed up to the new toolmaking courses.

Andy Street said: “I’m incredibly impressed that we have a training facility here that is not only equipping people with advanced engineering skills, but we are doing so in a way that creates a finished product that is sold all over the world.

“It really is an outstanding collaboration and one that I feel could be the blueprint for bridging other acute industry skills shortages.

“The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been very supportive in funding courses that give basic engineering skills. This venture is taking that provision to the next level.”

Gareth Jones, Managing Director of In-Comm Training, added: “It was a pleasure to host Andy and long-time supporter Wendy at our HQ and hold an engaging discussion about the current skills gap and how we take action to bridge them.

“We received an interesting insight into how the WMCA are intending to support advanced manufacturing by ensuring they have access to the right skills and the general consensus was that the Precision Tooling Academy model could be used as a template for the rest of the region.”

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