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Composites Industry Gets Training Boost from National Skills Academy

31 January 2011

The UK Composites industry has received a boost as Skills Minister John Hayes announced a new National Skills Academy (NSA) for Composites and Biotechnology.

The Academy, which will form part of the National Skills Academy for Process Industries, will receive up to 1.98m of funding over 3 years, matched by employers. It will work with employers, the Life Sciences Advisory Council, the National Composites Centre and specialist training providers to develop new professional standards and training programmes that meet the fast evolving skills needs of these hi-tech industries.

Skills Minister John Hayes said: Composites and biotechnology are highly competitive sectors around the world and both are poised for substantial growth. If we want to secure that growth and investment in the UK, its vital that we can provide a highly skilled workforce. The Academy will bring government agencies, education providers and employers together, delivering world class training to keep Britain on the cutting edge of technological progress.

For Composites, the NSA will support growth in low carbon technologies and lightweighting of major structures such as wind-turbine blades and aircraft wings. The key role of the NSA is to raise the quality of composites training as well as improving the skills of the existing manufacturing workforce with composites-specific skills. This includes working with the Sector Skills Councils to develop and implement new apprenticeship frameworks that will deliver more advanced training.