New apprenticeships for Broadwater

Suffolk-based Broadwater Mouldings has created a new composites engineering apprenticeship training programme.

The first group of four apprentices in the programme are all on track to gain a verified Level 3 NVQ Diploma in ‘Composite Engineering’ (QCF) from EAL, the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors.

The firm specialises in moulding high quality fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) and fabricating finished assembled FRP components.

Due to a lack of a suitable national scheme available locally in East Anglia, after taking independent advice, the managing director of Broadwater Mouldings, Matt Herbert, took the initiative to engage Consuta Training to work with the firm to build its own composites production processing apprenticeship scheme had not only to meet the specific needs of the business, but also to comply with nationally recognised standards.

Guidance with the content of this new apprenticeship program to attain NVQ level 3 diploma level standards, along with the final verification of the qualification, was provided by EAL, with additional program development support from the College of West Anglia and Solutions 4 Polymers.

Herbert said: “We are really delighted with the progress being made by our apprentices and the positive feedback about the program, which seems to have a good balance between lecture room theory and hands on application on the shop floor.

“We will almost certainly be running this apprenticeship program again after the current apprentices finish in July 2016.”

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