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Semta Develops Series of New National Occupational Standards to Support Composites Sector

18 October 2011

Semta, the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies has a new suite of 18 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for composites occupations, to ensure that businesses have the skills they need to thrive through the economic recovery.

Semta say the new standards, developed by them and approved by the employer-led Composites Skills Strategy Group (SSG), cover specialist areas such as producing composite mouldings, applying surface finishes, identifying defects and carrying out repairs. 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.

Ken Wappat, Chairman of the Composites Skills Strategy Group and of the National Composites Network, said “I am delighted that the Composites Skills Strategy Group has approved the new composites national occupational standards. We are grateful to Semta for developing these standards which will underpin vital qualifications for the sector, covering the processes and technologies relevant to today's composite manufacturing techniques."

Semta explain that the UK composites market is intrinsic to the growth of its sectors overall, with composites playing a part in most modern engineering and manufacturing businesses.

Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive of Semta, said “During the recent difficult economic environment, businesses have increasingly focused on the return on investment that skills and training deliver. The new National Occupational Standards will ensure that the businesses are getting the right kind of skills, and that their delivery is of a consistently high quality, regardless of training provider or organisation.

“We know that composites are vitally important to businesses in our sectors so, by concentrating on establishing a suite of National Occupational Standards specifically for the industry, we are meeting the needs of employers and helping our sectors gear up for growth.”