Following a successful approach to rubber manufacturing companies across the country, the Elastomer Training Action Group – ELTAG – can confirm that arrangements have been put in place to run an expanded rubber technology training course starting in autumn 2016.
The course at South Leicestershire College will be based on block release of six one week-sessions spread over the year. It will accommodate between 18 and 20 students, who will be taught in two parallel groups.
The course is pitched at level 3 or equivalent – covering three units towards a BTEC qualification – and is also suitable for others, including graduates, who need to top up their existing knowledge with a full understanding of rubber technology. Although fully subscribed for 2016/2017, companies are invited to register their interest in placing their staff for future courses.
John Dorken, Co-ordinator for the Group and Director of the British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association (BRPPA) said: “We are delighted that this course is going ahead. Our preliminary research had shown that there was a strong need for a course pitched at this level and the strong response we received to our approach to the industry confirmed this.
“The course gives our companies the opportunity to help provide the skills necessary to remain at the forefront in the development and production of high-tech, high value specialised products. Our Group will continue its work to ensure that this sort of training remains a permanent feature of the landscape and also to look more widely at how we can meet training and education needs at all levels in the industry.”
He added: “We would very much welcome new members, particularly from employers to ensure that our work fully reflects employers’ needs.”