Semta launches manufacturing skills initiative

Posted on 11 Nov 2011

Sector Skills Council, Semta, has set-up a specialist computer numerical control course that is designed to help upskill the manufacturing workforce. Semta represents a wide range of disciplines within manufacturing, from aerospace to bioscience, its remit being to ensure that each sector has the right people with the right skills at the right time.

Research by Semta’s Skills Action Plans has identified computer numerical control (CNC) a skill base requiring improvement within the science, engineering and manufacturing industries.

The workshop is aimed at CNC technicians, but is also suitable for engineers, designers and quality assurance staff.

The programme is due to take place one day a week over a five week period. This has been scheduled for January and February 2012.

The aim is to provide practical hands-on experience, focusing on the life cycle of a component from drawing to the finished product at an intermediate level.

To start the week’s activity, delegates will undertake a diagnostic session to help identify the knowledge levels and skills gaps in the subject area. Competences are assessed again at the end of the course to show how they have developed and this can be demonstrated back to the employer.

Philip Whiteman, chief executive of Semta commented: “We know that the CNC workshop programme meets an employer need and the pilots we have run have led us to develop a broader offer. We are confident we can deliver a demonstrable return on training investment.”

The Manufacturer now has a strategic partnership with Semta. Alongside RBS, Semta were lead sponsors of the recent Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2011. Their support aided us in putting on a great night, rewarding those who are at the forefront of UK manufacturing.

Businesses interested in finding out more should contact Semta Customer Services on 0845 643 9001 or customerservices@semta.org.uk.

Tom Moore