The new course will be based at South Leicestershire College. Image: (SLC)
Following a successful approach to rubber manufacturing companies across the country, the Elastomer Training Action Group (ELTAG*) has confirmed that arrangements have been put in place to run an expanded rubber technology training course starting in autumn 2016.
The suggestion for a new course at was proposed earlier this year in order to improve upon the existing model in terms of accessibility to a wider audience.
The new model will be held at South Leicestershire College and 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.
“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,” John Dorken, Co-ordinator for the Group and Director of the British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association (BRPPA).
“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.”
*ELTAG was set up in the autumn of 2014 and comprises the following organisations/companies:
- British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association (BRPPA)
- Cogent Skills
- Knowledge Transfer Network
- Polymer Society of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
- Polymer Recyclers Ltd
- South Leicestershire College
- Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre.