High Value Manufacturing

What is HVM?

High Value Manufacturing or commonly known as HVM, is the process of adding value to raw materials by turning them into products. It mya include anything from: parts for aircraft, to cars, to oil and gas rigs, and much more.

People working in the manufacturing business are responsible for research, design, development, production and quality assurance of these products. So, if you choose a career in HVM, you could become a tester of aircraft components, work with robotics or even design components for oil rigs. What’s more, HVM careers are highly paid with many different career pathways into the sector.

HVM in the Black Country

(Figures correct as of 2014).

There is a clear skills gap in the Black Country when it comes to recruiting in manufacturing industries. You could become part of a whole new generation of engineers in the aerospace, automotive and other exciting industries within HVM. With a portfolio of helpful careers advice and clear pathway information, the Black Country Skills Factory can help you discover the best career in manufacturing for you.

Did you know…

  • There are 5,000 companies in the Black Country involved in High Value Manufacturing.
  • These companies employ 85,000 people with a turnover of £3.5 billion.
  • The Black Country is famous as the ‘workshop’ of the UK with 1 in 7 businesses in the Black Country in High Value Manufacturing.
  • Black Country manufacturing companies make parts and components for cars, aircraft, oil and gas rigs, nuclear power stations, ships, submarines, railways and much more.
  • Black Country companies employ a wide range of highly skills people in both traditional and leading edge technologies.
  • Black Country High Value Manufacturing companies are expected to grow, and need the next generation of skilled workers.
  • There were over 1,000 Apprentice starts in advanced manufacturing and related industries in the Black Country in 2013. This is expected to increase to around 1,500 a year in the next few years.

Careers in HVM include Technicians and Engineers in:

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