Changes at Semta to drive skills in composite engineering

Semta, the sector skills body for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, is today launching the new Composite Engineering Apprenticeship Framework under new leadership.

Graham Mulholland will head up Semta’s employer-led Composite Sector Strategy Group, replacing outgoing chairman Ken Wappat.

Mr Mulholland is managing director of epm:technology, the Derbyshire firm producing carbon fibre components for high performance engines and Formula One Motorsport.

Mr Mulholland said: “said: “I am delighted to be taking over as chair of Semta’s Composites Sector Strategy Group at such an exciting time for our industry. Ken has helped to create this essential and robust framework which we now must deliver.

“I am also very keen to work with the strong networks forming within our industry to help accelerate these frameworks to the front line through Composites UK, National Composites Centre and Composites Skill Alliance, to name a few. We certainly have to pull this together and push these new apprenticeships into our industry, quickly.”

The framework was developed through working groups of employers and stakeholders which considered, debated and agreed the content and level of the National Occupational Standards for their industry.