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Semta Reveals Support for Composites Workforce

12 December 2010

Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies is putting in place a series of measures to better support businesses operating in the composites sector.

Semta recently took responsibility for composites from Cogent as it forms a key part of Advanced Manufacturing, one of Semtas focus sectors. The two Sector Skills Councils will continue to work closely together to simplify communication and delivery of training.

To date, Semta has developed a new National Occupational Standard for composites engineers up to NVQ Level 3. Occupational Standards provide a description of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence, helping formalise training requirements for employers and employees.

Semta as part of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Composites Strategy, has also created a new employer-led strategy group which has been developed to address the UKs composites skills needs. The Skills Strategy Group (SSG) will be chaired by Ken Wappat, Chairman of the National Composites Network, and includes over 30 employers from the aerospace, automotive, marine and composite materials manufacturing sectors, plus other stakeholders. The groups main priority will be to lead on the development of the skills and capacity of the current and future composites workforce. It will work together to secure the delivery of necessary skills through a network of training providers approved by the national skills academies.

Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive of Semta, said: Semta is committed to simplifying the skills landscape for employers, and to this end, Semta and Cogent signed a partnership agreement in February 2010 to collaborate on areas of common interest. Our intention is to create a single point of contact for employers on key advanced technologies so they can be quickly provided with quality training support.

Composites are a crucial part of the Advanced Manufacturing agenda and we have subsequently agreed to take up the lead for the composites sector. We understand the importance of upskilling employees working in the sector and we have worked very hard to continue, and build on Cogents work.

Philip Whiteman continues: As we journey through the economic recovery, the emphasis will be on how skills and training deliver a meaningful return on investment and we want to ensure these vital UK employers are seeking real benefits to the bottom-line.





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