Affiliate Members

Coleg Gwent

As one of Wales' top performing colleges, Coleg Gwent is an inclusive and diverse FE college with 5 campuses in Usk, Ebbw Vale, Crosskeys, Newport and Cwmbran. Offering full-time, part-time, higher-education, e-learning and apprenticeship qualifications, their courses cater for all levels.

Thousands join Coleg Gwent each year and enjoy high-quality teaching, extensive support, extra-curricular activities and excellent outcomes. Expert tutors and industry-standard facilities mean learners develop the skills required for their chosen career path. This combined with strong industry links and employer partnerships helps Coleg Gwent develop the curriculum of the future and address skill shortages.

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University of South Wales

With campuses across Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the University of South Wales is here to support Manufacturing Wales and its members to collaborate through its applied approach to research and innovation in areas of engineering, digital & advanced technologies, sustainability, supply-chain and more.

Find out more about our expertise and discover how working with the University of South Wales csn further enhance the manufacturing eco-system within Wales.

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a business-orientated university focusing on the needs of industry, commerce, public and voluntary sector organisations.  We are particularly proud of our track record of supporting small businesses. Our strong research and teaching base provide the platform for the development of a wide range of services relevant to many types of industries, including product design, food manufacturing and robotics / software / electronic engineering. We can provide access to start of the art facilities, training and professional development, student / graduate placements and a range of commercial services, e.g.:

  • ​New product and / or service development
  • Analysis, testing and validation work
  • Supply of expert advice and opinion
  • Feasibility and scoping studies
  • Market research
  • Technology road mapping
  • Design, prototyping & batch manufacturing

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide has named Cardiff Metropolitan University as Welsh University of the Year 2021. The University has leapt 33 places in the league table, which is the institution’s highest ever jump in this guide and the third highest rise of any university in the UK this year. Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said:

“Cardiff Met’s performance in this year’s academic ranking is exceptional. It is the biggest riser in Wales, and the third biggest in the UK, ranking in the UK top 40 now for student satisfaction with teaching quality and the wider student experience. Known for providing hands-on higher education, Cardiff Met performed strongly in our new employment measure with nearly three-quarters of graduates in high-skilled jobs or postgraduate study within 15 months of leaving.”

Cardiff and Vale College

One of the largest Further Education colleges in the UK, Cardiff and Vale College is a skills partner to the business community. We are dedicated to putting learning and development at the heart of every organisation and work closely with employers across Cardiff Capital Region to deliver an innovative approach to learning, helping to empower the workforce, solve business challenges and support future growth.

NPTC Group of Colleges

Inspiring Learning. Enriching Lives. Delivering Success.
NPTC Group of Colleges is one of the largest Further Education providers in Wales, covering 30 percent of the country’s landmass. The College offers an exciting and varied programme of full-time and part-time courses to more than 270,000 residents stretching from south to north Wales. Their Further Education activities are only a part of what they do. The Group is made up of 9 FE campuses, a range of private training companies, and a variety of other service-based organisations.

NPTC Group of Colleges’ Business Development Unit has a wealth of experience in working with employers of all sizes to provide bespoke training and development solutions. They can help maximise the potential of current staff and future workforces, working to develop a Business Growth Plan to ensure companies receive the training they need to stay ahead of the game. They understand that every organisation has different needs and challenges, and provide a bespoke fully-comprehensive service to companies and communities.