Plant & Works Engineering
New platform highlights top engineering apprenticeship employers

Leeds Manufacturing Festival  has announced it will host the launch of a pioneering new digital platform this week, showcasing the very best employers offering engineering apprenticeships across the UK, as part of the festival’s campaign to address the skills and recruitment crisis facing manufacturing and engineering firms.

New ‘centre for excellence’ to mark National Apprenticeship Week

Oxford-based electrical/mechanical contractor and Royal Warrant holder Lowe & Oliver has announced it is officially launching its new apprentice training facility, the ’centre for excellence’, to mark the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week.

Professor Brian Cox leads action-packed Brooklands Innovation Academy 2023

Brooklands Innovation Academy brought together 400 students aged 12-14 for an action-packed day of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths education. Led, in person, by Professor Brian Cox CBE OBE FRS, and a key partner in the national Science Summer School programme.

Competition to inspire next generation of robotics engineers

FANUC UK has announced it is is once again inviting the next generation of robotics engineers to enter the WorldSkills UK Industrial Robotics competition.

Webinars put a new spin on learning

GRUNDFOS says of all the changes that have come about to our working lives in 2020, one of the biggest has given us a lot of new opportunities to learn. One key route for satisfying this thirst for knowledge, has been the development of a wide range of Grundfos webinars that have all been designed to appeal to any professional that has an interest in pump solutions.

Diverse training course portfolio

ABB has announced it has won “Contribution to Skills and Training” at the annual Motion Control Industry awards and says the prize recognises its commitment to helping industries to tackle their biggest challenges – from cutting energy consumption and CO2 emissions to reducing the millions of litres of clean drinking water lost through leakage.

Noise Awareness Course

PULSAR INSTRUMENTS, noise expert for 50 years, says its customers can find out everything they need to know about measuring and managing workplace noise .

Dedicated consultation and training facility

Industrial lubricant manufacturer HOUGHTON INTERNATIONAL has announced the launch of a new, dedicated consultation and training facility, named the Fluid Intelligence Academy.

Free webinars

As part of its latest series of free webinars, HBM, a market leader in the field of test and measurement, is inviting participants to help expand their skills and grow their knowledge. HBM says designed to fit in with challenging time constraints, which can often make attending relevant training courses difficult, its latest series of webinars, which will take place in November 2018, will provide advice and focus on a variety of topics.

Supporting the wind industry with BTT Training Standard

March 31st 2018 marked a new standard for the global wind industry when members of the GWO announced that from that date they required technicians working on their wind turbines to have a valid GWO BTT certificate.

Educating within the manufacturing and engineering sector

shutterstock_305418596_1.jpgWith a contribution to the Gross Domestic Product of £455.6 billion and an estimated 5.7 million jobs in the UK, it is undeniable that the engineering and manufacturing industry forms a solid career choice. It is one of the largest economic sectors in the UK, and students are picking up on this early.

Noise awareness training

PULSAR INSTRUMENTS has announced it is holding its 30th One Day Noise Awareness Training Course on 13 June 2018 at the National Space Centre, Leicester. The company says its one day noise awareness course offers comprehensive training on how and why to measure noise, what to measure and how often to measure it.

Mechanical to electrical training

mcp1.JPGMCP CONSULTING GROUP says with both theoretical and practical modules its M to E accredited conversion programme (City & Guilds) offers real return on investment and is aimed at technicians who have no previous electrical background to enable them to multi-skill and work on specific electrical tasks, competently and safely. This progressive, 4-part programme includes both on- and off-site training and focuses on delegates using the knowledge gained and applying it in fault-finding activities. It also revises key safety and legislative components of the core course.

Latest series of free webinars

webinar.jpgHBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the dates for its latest series of free webinars, which take place in April 2018. For those interested in the revolutionary eDrive system for testing electrical convertors and electrical machines from HBM, “Real Time Analysis of Electric Drives” takes place on Tuesday 17th April 2018. On Wednesday 18th April 2018, join Dr André Schäfer, Development Manager for High-Precision Measurement Chains at HBM, as he provides a general introduction to strain-gauge based “Precision Measurement Chains”.

Human Error Reduction workshops

Larry_Wilson_-_author_of_SafeStart.jpgSAFESTART, a leading safety training programme, invites companies to attend its latest discovery workshops. The events will take place in Windsor on Tuesday 13th March, Manchester on Wednesday 14th March and rounds off on the 15th of March in Dublin, Ireland.

Gas inspectors training courses

ESAB_1_MR_38678.jpgESAB has published its schedule of Gas Inspectors Training Courses for 2018. These will be held at ESAB's facilities in Waltham Cross and Chorley, and there are courses for both certification and re-certification. Following satisfactory completion of the course examination, successful candidates are presented with a City & Guilds Certificate, indicating that they are qualified to conduct full safety checks on individual oxy-fuel gas welding systems.

HP and IP workshop/seminar

Advanced_Valve_Solutions.jpgAt its new training facility in Cheshire, ADVANCED VALVE SOLUTIONS says it has provided Valve Workshops that concentrate on concerns within the power industry, drawing on the expertise of its engineers as well attendees. The next ‘one-day’ workshop will be on the 8th November 2017. AVS says it has been instrumental in the provision of reliable and robust valves into Power Stations across Europe.

Training courses

Balluff.jpgBALLUFF says it runs training courses throughout the year and the objective of its hands-on workshops is to teach the participants the optimal way to solve tasks related to industrial applications. Balluff says during the training, it will share its practical knowledge based on many years of experience as a manufacturer.

State of the art training facilities

Schwer.jpgSCHWER FITTINGS has agreed in conjunction with the BFPA, to allow anyone with a vested interest to use the company’s state of the art training facilities. The move will provide experts and individuals alike, with the knowledge needed to progress within the industry.

New Highways Academy to train A14 apprentices

SPL_JOHN_HAYES_MP_VISITS_WATA_03.jpgA new academy to train apprentices to work on the £1.5 billion A14 bypass - Britain’s biggest road upgrade – was officially opened by Roads Minister John Hayes on 17 October.

Improving productivity with robots

G30_ABB.gifABB says its forthcoming Switch to Robots seminar ( will explain how ongoing reductions in the cost and complexity of robotic automation are opening up new opportunities for UK SME manufacturing companies. Taking place at ABB’s Milton Keynes site on Wednesday 8th June 2016, the event will provide a simple step-by-step guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.

1st Annual Thermography Conference

Metropolis_6.pngINFRARED TRAINING has announced it will be holding a Thermography conference in Liverpool on 17th May 2016, designed to benefit active and aspiring Thermographers. The company says there will be a wide range of infrared camera manufacturers and software developers exhibiting; plus experienced Thermographers delivering presentations offering practical advice and tips in a wide range of industries including automotive, building and specialist high-voltage electrical.

Industry open day

NFPCUntitled.jpgThe NFPC has announced it is holding an Industry Open Day on 17th February 2016 at the National Fluid Power Centre, Worksop. The NFPC says during the day attendees will have the opportunity to view the outstanding practical facilities, see the equipment in action and talk to experienced engineers with regard to specific training requirements.

The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition

NECR_Nov2015_logo.jpgThe National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition returns to the NEC, Birmingham - Hall 11, 27 and 28 November 2015, 11am – 4pm. Research by The Royal Academy of Engineering suggests that Britain will need more than one million new engineers and technicians by 2020 to tackle demand.

Seminar shows how to get ahead through a switch to robots

14855742598_d507229421_c.jpgABB ROBOTICS says it will be running the latest in its popular ‘Switch to Robots’ seminar and workshop events (, explaining the benefits that robotic automation can bring for SME companies and how to find, implement and run the best robotic solution. 

CPD Seminars

Rittal_CPD_Presentation.jpgThis November, RITTAL reports it will be running its next series of accredited seminars designed to support industry professionals

Apprentice programme provides career opportunities

william_hughes_apprenticeship_Factory-Group-CMYK.jpgWILLIAM HUGHES says apprentices are an important part of its recruitment programme and the company will continue to invest in this valuable resource. William Hughes is a specialist manufacturer of springs and bent wire components for the global automotive and aerospace industries and says the apprenticeships provide an excellent platform for young people to develop their careers.

Improved efficiencies

HBM_academy_014.jpgFollowing on from a successful series of training and workshops, HBM – a market leader in the field of test and measurement – has announced the dates for its next training course, which will take place on the 21-22nd May 2015.

New thermography courses

FLIR781_Q3__Q4_level_1_training_courses.jpgThermal imaging has become an essential method of detecting faults and averting failure in electro-mechanical systems. It can also be ideal for identifying the source of energy loss and spotting problems in the fabric of a building. Vital to its effectiveness however is the user’s understanding of the science behind the technology.

Gas inspectors’ courses

esab.jpg ESAB has announced a full schedule of 2014 Gas Inspectors’ Courses to obtain internationally recognised certification for the annual inspection of oxy-fuel gas welding equipment and non-welding gas systems.

Debate highlights weakness in national curriculum

A lively debate ensued at the latest meeting of the Sussex Manufacturing Forum between panel members from secondary schools, FE colleges and universities and Forum members over the increasing problem of a lack of suitable candidates entering the manufacturing and engineering professions.

You're hired

business_impact1.jpgA north east training provider is helping employers to recruit the right young people to be the next generation of workers.Five years ago, BUSINESS IMPACT UK LTD was formed to work nationally with companies of all sizes to identify training needs and recruit and train

New training brochure

spirax.jpgSPIRAX SARCO has launched a new training brochure for 2014, giving plant operators and managers more ways to save energy, increase productivity, improve product quality and reduce risk.

Search for new stars

business_impact.jpgNorth East TV celebrity chef, Kenny Atkinson is putting jobs on the menu for up to five lucky youngsters who can demonstrate an appetite for success. The double Michelin starred chef will soon open his new restaurant; House of Tides on Newcastle Quayside.

Train online with process engineering experts

ENDRESS+HAUSER has developed a new, web-based training programme especially geared to industrial process engineering. With my|eCampus, learners can study for a qualification in instrumentation and automation solutions from the comfort of their own surroundings, at a time convenient for them.

Self-contained production rooms

A suite of free-standing self-contained production enclosures that provide abrasive blasting, welding and paint spraying facilities have been installed by HODGE CLEMCO for Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.