MADE Project Welcomes First Cohort of Students


The first tranche of students to take part in two new European-funded courses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have started their journey to learn more about Industry 4.0 and how to apply its principles in their workplaces.

The two courses, known as Upskilling for Industry 4.0:Wales and International Innovation Masters are being offered as part of the MADE (Manufacturing for Advanced Design Engineering) suite of projects which are designed to equip Welsh manufacturers and those working in the sector to plug into the power of disruptive technologies in order to boost productivity.

The courses are being delivered by UWTSD and its Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacturing (CBM) through a combination of face-to-face learning and remotely via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. The first cohort is made up from people working within the manufacturing sector who are keen to learn more about disruptive technologies and how they can drive change within their own organisations to help future-proof the manufacturing sector in Wales.

Nick Parton, a production engineer at Marelli, in Llanelli, is one of the first students to embark on the International Innovation Masters. Having already completed his degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UWTSD, he is keen to continue his professional development.

He comments:

“I was keen to sign up to the International Innovation Masters as part of my personal and professional development and to further my ambition of becoming chartered. The learnings really complement the R&D and product development work that I’m currently undertaking at Marelli. As well as finding out about innovative, new technologies and how these can be adopted by manufacturers, the course allows me to meet with and to learn from other people working within the manufacturing sector. Our virtual learning environment allows us to see each other as lectures take place and we’re encouraged share our experiences. I’m finding it really interesting so far and I can see it being of great benefit to me personally and professionally.”

Professor Alan Lewis from the MADE project adds:

“The new Masters degree in International Innovation Management is an exciting development which we are all proud to be a part of.  The programme reaches out to professionals and companies across Wales and we hope it will help companies and individuals engage successfully with the challenges and opportunities which Industry 4.0 brings.”

He continues:

“It’s an exciting time for the MADE project as the first group of students join us on the International Innovation Masters and Upskilling for Industry 4.0: Wales courses. We have spent many months planning the content of these courses to ensure that we’re equipping participants with the knowledge and skills they need to drive change within their own organisations. 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.”

The courses are delivered on Friday afternoons and are designed to be flexible for participants. They are suitable for people working in the manufacturing sector throughout Wales as learning is delivered through live webinars.

For further details about the MADE Project, which is supported by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund, and by the European Structural and Investment Funds, go to:


Advanced Design Engineering (50:50 collaboration. Match with employees time, and no cash cost to the company)

This project is focused on helping Welsh SMEs in the supply chain network to realise the benefits of new technologies in a practical way, piloting applications of technology such as electron beam melting, additive layer manufacturing, 3D scanning/reverse engineering, vacuum casting and product development.

Upskilling for Industry 4.0:Wales (up to 70% EU Funded*) – Advanced Manufacturing

These qualifications are delivered using a blended learning approach, helping organisations overcome the hype of Industry 4.0 and focus on clear, deliverable technologies that participants can use in their organisations straight away, giving the skills they need to deliver authentic economic benefit.

IIM: International Innovation Management (up to 70% EU funded*)

This Masters programme seeks to produce managers with an international perspective who understand how to bring innovative products and services to market, how companies can introduce and exploit innovation, and how new commercial opportunities can be identified and realised.

Both programmes are at Masters level, through modular bite-size learning, which students can access in a hop-on / hop-off style, as there are multiple entry points during the calendar year, enabling participants to give value for their organisations and still balance their work and other commitments.

*subject to eligibility
The suite of projects has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Peirianneg Dylunio Uwch (cydweithrediad 50:50. Cyfateb gydag amser gweithwyr, dim cost ariannol i’r cwmni)

Mae’r prosiect yn ffocysu ar helpu Busnesau Bach a Chanolig Cymru yn y rhwydwaith dolen gyflenwi i wireddu buddion technolegau newydd mewn ffordd ymarferol, peilota’r defnydd o dechnoleg megis toddi pelydrau electronau, gweithgynhyrchu haenau ychwanegol, sganio 3D/ôl-saernïo, castio gwactod a datblygu cynnyrch.

Uwchsgilio ar gyfer diwydiant 4.0: Cymru (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70%*) – Uwch Gynhyrchu

Mae’r cymwysterau hyn yn cael eu cyflwyno gan ddefnyddio dull dysgu cyfunol, yn helpu sefydliadau i ymdopi â heip Diwydiant 4.0 a ffocysu ar dechnolegau clir, danfonadwy y gall cyfranogwyr eu defnyddio ar unwaith yn eu sefydliadau, gan rhoi iddyn nhw’r sgiliau sydd eu hangen i ddarparu buddion economaidd dilys.

IIM: Rheoli Arloesedd Rhyngwladol (Wedi’i gyllido gan yr UE hyd at 70*)

Mae’r rhaglen Meistr yn anelu at gynhyrchu rheolwyr gyda golwg ryngwladol sy’n deall sut i ddod â nwyddau a gwasanaethau arloesol i’r farchnad, sut y gall cwmnïau gyflwyno a gwneud y mwyaf o arloesedd, a sut y gellir adnabod a gwireddu cyfleoedd masnachol newydd.

Mae’r ddwy raglen ar lefel Meistr, drwy ddysgu modiwlaidd mewn darnau bach, y mae myfyrwyr yn gallu mynd atynt unrhyw bryd, gan bod nifer o bwyntiau ymuno yn ystod y flwyddyn galendr, gan olygu bod cyfranogwyr yn gallu rhoi gwerth i’w sefydliadau a chydbwyso eu gwaith a’u hymrwymiadau eraill ar yr un pryd.

*yn amodol ar gymhwystra
Mae’r gyfres hon o brosiectau wedi ei chefnogi gan Gronfa Cymdeithasol Ewrop drwy Lywodraeth Cymru a’i chefnogi gan Gronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop.


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