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British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association


BRPPA addresses need for technical skills with accredited courses

Posted on 17 October 2017

The British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association (BRPPA) is inviting expressions of interest in a course designed to address the technical skills gap by the rubber manufacturing sector. Due to commence in February 2018, builds on the successful framework of previous courses and is unique in the UK.

Facilitated by Elastomer Training Action Group (ELTAG), the course will be led by Charanjit Chodha, a highly experienced rubber technologist who has run the Rubber Technology NVQ Level 3 programme. Students have included personnel across a number of different functions including design engineers, extruder supervisors, quality managers, chemists and trainee chemists.

For 2018, the course will run in broadly the same format:

  • Six one-week residential sessions to run over the period February-July
  • Numbers: around 10
  • Location: East Midlands (probably Leicester or Grantham)
  • Cost: (provisionally) £2500

A number of enhancements are under discussion:

  • Accreditation by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3)
  • Course structure changes, to allow students to attend the most pertinent elements only

John Dorken, Coordinator of ELTAG and Director of BRPPA, said: “The major concern constantly expressed by companies in the rubber manufacturing sector is over the shortage of skills, particularly at the technical level. The UK has a number of first class companies operating in what is a high tech, high value sector. If the industry is to prosper into the future it needs to provide the means to tackle this problem, and it is this vital that courses of this sort are not only maintained but expanded.”

Details are still being finalised and will be published shortly. In the meantime employers who would like to send any of their staff on the course are asked to contact the below as soon as possible:

Mr Chodha (; 07984 923321)


Mr Dorken (; 020 8372 6213).

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