Centre of Manufacturing Excellence is a new not for profit organisation which will help to transform manufacturing in the Leeds City Region. Based in Keighley, West Yorkshire in the heart of a cluster of manufacturing firms, the CME will support the revitalisation of manufacturing and be a catalyst of manufacturing growth for the Leeds City Region. The CME will work in partnership with schools and colleges to develop and provide the skills, training and qualifications to meet the needs of employers and the sector. This initiative has grown out of a business led partnership working with the public sector through Airedale Partnership.
The CME will also operate the Airedale Fab Lab. Fab Labs are digital fabrication laboratories originating from MIT in the States around ten years ago to “empower individuals rather than institutions to be able to make almost anything”. Fab Labs are a facility for rapid prototyping and assistance with product development. Fab Labs also provide educational and training workshops for schools, colleges, companies and open access to the community
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