The difficulty in finding skilled staff has been highlighted as the biggest obstacle to growth for the UK’s small businesses, with those in the manufacturing industry reporting the highest level of concern. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:15 PM Industry News

Skills and Training – what does the future hold?

In the fourth instalment of our new series focusing on skills and training, Richard Brown of RJG Technologies discusses important areas that need consideration and action in order to secure the skills needed for the successful future of the industry. more

Nov 11, 2016 1:52 PM Guest Blog

An educational ‘toolkit’ for school age children filled with polymer science experiments has been launched as an English language version at K 2016, ready for use in UK classrooms. more

Oct 26, 2016 10:49 AM K 2016

A UK rubber manufacturer has saved thousands of pounds in production costs after enhancing the skills of its workforce. more

Sep 6, 2016 12:00 PM Industry News

How competent is your workforce?

In the third instalment of our series focusing on skills and training, John Savage of the National Fluid Power Centre discusses the importance of ensuring that skills and knowledge obtained through training courses are being applied proficiently. more

Aug 26, 2016 12:13 PM Guest Blog

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 this autumn. more

Aug 3, 2016 2:57 PM Industry News

An initiative to improve technical training in the UK rubber manufacturing industry is being launched in order to safeguard its future. more

May 25, 2016 12:02 PM Industry News

Rubber Training – A ‘Black Art?’

In the second of our series focusing on skills and training, Martyn Bennett of ARTIS discusses the unique needs of the UK’s rubber industry and how as an organisation it has taken a hands-on approach to offer companies training in this field. more

May 4, 2016 2:00 PM Guest Blog

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched an educational website specifically aimed at schoolchildren and teachers. more

Apr 21, 2016 3:26 PM Industry News

Following the acquisition of G&A Moulding Technology Ltd in March 2015 and a successful trading period, RJG is restructuring its operations in UK and Ireland. more

Jan 11, 2016 11:34 AM Industry News

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced it has invested a further £2 million into its state-of-the-art technology training centre in Aston, Birmingham. more

Nov 11, 2015 10:30 AM Industry News

The British Plastics Federation has announced new strategy for the UK plastics industry set to raise its profile via a number of channels. more

Nov 2, 2015 11:47 AM Industry News

The Royal Society of Chemistry – in partnership with Cogent Skills – is offering £20,000 grants to help SMEs in the chemicals sector recruit chemistry undergraduates for a 12-month placement. more

Oct 30, 2015 10:00 AM Industry News

Meeting the needs of a changing world

RAPRA’s Wendi Beamson discusses the changing needs of the manufacturing industry, looking specifically at the areas of enabling technologies, such as hydraulics and pneumatics. more

Oct 29, 2015 12:01 PM Guest Blog

The first-year report from the Science Industry Partnership, a initiative designed to provide a skilled current and future workforce in the science-based industries, says empowering employers has been key to its success. more

Aug 7, 2015 2:17 PM Industry News

On National Women in Engineering Day, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, EEF, is encouraging women to take advantages of the career opportunities available in engineering and science-based sectors. more

Jun 23, 2015 9:00 AM Industry News

Bayer MaterialScience has signed a sponsorship agreement with an international orgnaisation that encourages more girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. more

Jun 18, 2015 12:29 PM Industry News

The science industries’ £52m skills and talent initiative, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has announced it surpassed 2,000 new people being trained as the initiative reaches its first anniversary this month. more

Apr 21, 2015 10:10 AM Industry News

Students from Universities across the UK have been tasked with changing perceptions as they look to enhance the design of some of the most traditional metal-based products with polymers. more

Feb 20, 2015 9:48 AM Industry News

Skills, strategies and struggles...

In his regular, exclusive column for BP&R, Philip Law, Director-General of the British Plastics Federation, discusses the new Education and Training Committee, dedicated to bridging the industry’s ever-worrying skills gap. more

Feb 20, 2015 9:29 AM BPF Blog

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