Following the launch of the new Diploma in Polymer Processing Level 3 qualification at the last Interplas exhibition, Solutions 4 Polymers in association with the College of West Anglia have been progressing registrations from polymer employers around the UK. We are pleased with the positive feedback on the structure of the qualification and its delivery method.
The qualification has full Ofqual approval and is certificated through the awarding organisation, PIABC, it also fits nicely into Cogent’s Level 3 Science Industry Technician Apprenticeship. However, a major benefit of the qualification is that it is polymer industry specific and can be contextualised to the employers’ specific needs.
Delivery of training and assessment is entirely on the employer’s premises and flexible to cater for production demands, which removes many of the barriers associated with traditional apprenticeship programmes.
There are currently five pathways available; Extrusion, Injection Moulding, Parison Blow Moulding, Injection Blow Moulding and a general route to cover less common processes. Following customer demand development of a Thermoforming option is nearing completion.
Enquiries and registrations for the apprenticeship standard are increasing and it is fundable under the new levy system which was introduced last year.