Recent projects have led to the UK’s lead private training providers forming a working partnership as well as achieving approval of their courses by ‘Composites UK’, the UK’s composites trade association.
Experts from the Composites Training Consortium (CTC) and Dark Matter Composites Ltd (DMC) have worked together on a number of projects, developing training courses, materials and resources. This has led to the two companies forming a working partnership aimed at providing consistent and recognised courses and qualifications to the composites industry.
‘We are committed to providing courses to a high standard to the industry. Our customers range from individuals and small companies through to tier one suppliers and OEM’s. Industry recognised courses and qualifications are a key part of our expansion plans and providing courses that meet the demanding needs of the industry. We pride ourselves in having 100% positive feedback on all our course provision to date, ‘ said Rodney Hansen, Dark Matter Composites Ltd.
So far the partnership has improved and standardised course content for the courses provided, as well as setting the foundations for a network of recognised expert course tutors. This alone has led Composites UK to recognise their achievements and to approve the course provision as being suitable for its members and the industry it represents. In recognition of this approval, CTC and DMC have agreed a 5% discount for Composites UK members on their standard short courses.
‘This type of working partnership for the industry as a whole is what is needed, courses on composites are desperately required to enable the industry to have the skills to meet the future demand,’ said Chris Little Composites UK, Board Director for Training and Skills
Future plans for the partnership include combining and expanding the training resources at their disposal, from presentation materials through to portable tooling and equipment. This will also allow for a more flexible provision with bespoke courses that can be readily delivered at the customers’ premises in the UK and overseas.
‘If the UK is to meet the future increase in composite manufacture, it requires training and education in this area. Currently there are not enough skilled people to meet the current needs and therefore training is the part of this solution. With the close working relationship between CTC and DMC this is the start of providing courses to fill that need.’ Chris Little, Composites Training Consortium Ltd
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