Training centre comes to town

Liam Ferguson, formerly of Vindon, and trustee and director of The Manufacturing Institute

Liam Ferguson, formerly of Vindon, and trustee and director of The Manufacturing Institute

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A new training facility to serve staff working in the manufacturing sector is to open in Chorley.

Manchester- based Manufacturing Institute has announced it is to create a new facility at Rutherford Point in the Matrix Park.

The independent charity has been delivering a wide range of education, training and consultancy services for manufacturing businesses large and small for the past 21 years.

Among the institute’s clients are Land Rover, BMW, Airbus, BAE Systems, and Rolls-Royce.

Former head of business development Mark Leeson has been appointed director of operations and will be tasked with expanding the institute’s education and training arm which delivers programmes from shop floor to boardroom.

Mark, a former commercial brand manager at learndirect, joined the institute three years ago as a digital marketing executive.

Liam Ferguson, who has been a trustee and director of The Manufacturing Institute for almost 20 years, will take on an executive role.

Liam has more than 25 years’ experience and a proven track record of transforming manufacturing businesses and is chairman of Chorley-based North West Projects, a specialist nuclear design consultancy.

He was previously a director of a multi-national engineering group and chairman of Vindon Healthcare plc.

He said: “The Manufacturing Institute has a great track record of building links with big business, advising manufacturing businesses of all sizes and supplying bespoke education and training.

“This restructure is all about building on our successes in the North West and expanding in other areas.”