NCC hosts Steering Group Meeting to seek industry input for the Composites Technician Apprenticeship

On 15th March, the NCC will be hosting a Steering Group Meeting to seek industry input for the Composites Technician Apprenticeship.

In 2015, BIS approved the development of a trailblazer composites technician apprenticeship. An open industry group of large and small companies has been working since the summer to develop the detailed criteria for this scheme, including the assessment plan, examining what training material already exists, what needs developing and how to get delivery partner involvement. The apprenticeship will comprise 2 key elements, an NVQ and a technical certificate.

We now need input from more of the industry to develop the technical certificate and invite you to get involved. Two workshops will take place to ensure the content of the technical certificate is fit for purpose. The workshops will run from 10am-2pm and take place as follows:

•             1st March, CCT Hexion, Hants

•             17th March, Peterborough College

The workshops will tackle six of the mandatory units within the technical certificate and will identify working groups required to progress content development. These units are:

•             Production of components using hand layup techniques

•             Production of Mouldings in Composites

•             Awareness of Defects in components

•             Awareness of  Materials

•             Awareness of  Processes

•             Awareness of  Product Design & Applications

In addition, we invite you to become part of the Steering Group overseeing the development of the apprenticeship. The next two meetings, which will run 1pm - 4pm, are:

•             11th February, Rolls Royce, Derby

•             15th March, National Composites Centre, Bristol

As we appreciate it is difficult for SMEs to take part in such events, Composites UK (through CLF) has secured funding to assist eligible SMEs to attend meetings and take part in the working groups. To apply to attend any of the meetings or be involved in the working groups, please complete the registration form and send to stating which areas are of interest to you and where you feel you can contribute to the apprenticeship development. We will then work with you to determine the level of support you are able to provide and suitable reimbursement for that consultancy. The funding will go towards time spent on work related to the scheme and will be paid in arrears through invoice submission at the end of March 2016.


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