National Composites Centre to help upskill adults with technical skills

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is part of a programme that will see hundreds of working adults benefit from a free course that will help them to rapidly upskill or retrain, in partnership with the West of England Institute of Technology.

Part of the government’s drive to plug skills gaps and boost access to more high-quality training alternatives, the new Certificate of Future Technologies is a modular course designed by employers and educational institutions working in partnership to help businesses access high-quality, short, modular, technical training modules to upskill and reskill staff to better address their business needs.

The brand-new, free course will offer a blend of classroom and remote online study, and will vary in length from 50 to 70 hours – giving more adults greater flexibility in how and when they learn, so they can fit it around their lives.

The modular offer is ‘pick and mix’, to meet industry and individual need, and job role, with the NCC offering two modules; Composite Product Lifecycle and Introduction to Digital in Composites. Other modules include Accounting Principles, Cyber Security for Decision Makers, Data Analytics, Effective Use of Resources, Fundamentals of Project Management, Fundamentals of Industry 4.0, Fundamentals of HTML5 and CSS3, Healthcare Technologies Management of Digital Devices and Working with Developers.

To find out more about the Certificate of Future Technologies, and to register, click here. Registration closes on 31st March 2022.

Helen Woods, Head of Skills and Workforce Development at the NCC, said: “As an anchor partner of the West of England IoT, we’re delighted to be able to offer our technical knowledge and expertise to the programme. The modular, pick and mix approach to upskilling and reskilling gives working adults the opportunity to continue their own professional development in business and digital skills that are essential to employers in our region.”

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Michelle Donelan, said: “Making sure more people can train and develop at any stage of their life to secure high skilled, high paid jobs, is at the heart of our plans.

“These fantastic new courses will open up more training alternatives for adults, address skills gaps in our economy and level up opportunities across the country.

“We are also investing up to £18 million to support over 100 further and higher education providers to expand the higher technical training on offer to their local communities.”

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