Skills to Fuel Growth in UK Composites Industry

17 March 2010

The UK government today launched a key programme to ensure the UK economy is supplied with the skills needed to fuel the growth of the composites industry in the coming years.

A new National Skills Academy will be developed to cover composites. Alongside academies in four other sectors – rail engineering, logistics, green building services and biotechnology – £12m of public investment will be matched by the private sector.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “We are investing in the industries where employers’ need is greatest – tens of thousands of people working in these industries, the consumers they serve and the UK as a whole will see the benefit. New academies and investment by employers, in partnership with colleges and the education sector, will create the best training that gives people the skills they need to boost their careers and drive the economy forward.”

National Skills Academies are designed bring together employers and learning providers to shape training programmes to meet the needs of industry. The composites academy will be part of an expanded National Skills Academy for Process Industries, with over £2m public investment, and will work in partnership with employers and other organisations in this key growth sector.

On Wednesday 17 March, Business Minister Ian Lucas also announced the proposed site for the National Composites Centre in Bristol, which will be created with £16m public investment.

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