New composite engineering skills framework to be led by new chairman

empMull300Semta, the sector skills body for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, is today (8 May) launching a new ‘Composite Engineering Apprenticeship Framework’ and a change in the leadership of the group that will oversee its implementation.

New strategy group chairman is the managing director of Derbyshire-based high tech carbon fibre component specialist epm:technology, Graham Mulholland (pictured) who succeeds the outgoing Ken Wappat.

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.

The framework offers employers a flexible training programme with its Level 2 pathway aimed at semi-skilled operator occupations and Level 3 for developing craft skilled and technician occupations.

Mulholland said he was keen to accelerate the frameworks to the front line through Composites UK, National Composites Centre and Composites Skill Alliance.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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