Producing Lifelong Engineers

Aldridge-based In-Comm Training and Business Services is dedicated to producing a new generation of lifelong engineers.

 The training business in Vigo Place has grown over the last three decades to employ an experience team of 30 staff , including many specialists, and offer a wide range of solutions to industry and commerce.

 Operations director Gareth Jones said In-Comm included an engineering training academy and a plant training facility for forklift truck drivers: “We pride ourselves on creating lifelong engineers, ensuring they have the necessary foundations enabling them to pursue any pathway within their field.

“Every person who comes through our facility starts from ground zero before specialising.”

 In-Comm covers management and supervisory development, health and safety, quality assurance, information technology, Investors in People, National Vocational Qualifications, skill development courses and group training associations.

 The business is able to design development programmes to suit a wide range of needs and delivers training solutions both on site and at the training and development centre.

It believes in maintaining the highest standards and is accredited to ISO 9001:2008 and is a recognised Investors in People organisation.

In-Comm, which works nationally including Scotland and Wales, also has a specialised team focussed on providing apprenticeship programmes to school leavers.

Two of its apprentices, Josh Watson from Faurecia at Fradley, near Lichfield, and Sam Parke, of Neida Products in Stoke-on-Trent, recently won the young inventor of the year award at the Made in the Midlands 2014 Awards. The pair worked together at In-Comm Training to impress the judges with a fully operational interlocking tool divider.

“As part of In-Comm’s training programme we ensure the learners know the stages of product development and are taught the different materials and manufacturing processes. Due to this and guidance from our trainers, Josh and Sam were able to get from concept to prototype with their invention,” explained Mr Jones. “The young inventor award has re-enforced the fact that it is not only engineering skills required to succeed in the current environment, but also presentation and communication skills are vital,” he added.

The In-Comm training academy is equipped with industry standard equipment enabling it to teach up to date processes and techniques.

Earlier this year it spent more than £235,000 on installing a new hydraulics and pneumatics section and a live components board that provides real-life scenarios for budding maintenance and sector specific engineers.

It has also installed a six-bay welding section and acquired CNC and CAD/CAM training simulation packages.

“Our workshop is now one of the best equipped in the region,” added Mr Jones.

“Whilst our academy is one of the best equipped in the region, In-Comm is committed to continuous development and have been accepted as part of the Black Countries Strategic Economic Plan.

“This is enabling us to invest further in our academy during April 2015 by adding equipment such as CNC machine tools, Pro Logic Controllers, testing and conference facilities.”

In-Comm has been providing industry and commerce a wide range of training and business solutions for more than 33 years.

“Last year we increased our numbers on vocational courses and apprenticeships by 50 pe cent and nearly 25 per cent respectively,” said Mr Jones.

More information about In-Comm is available by visiting its website at or by calling 01922 457686.