Composites Hub in action
The Composites Skills Alliance joined forces with its new
partners Composites UK and the National Composites Centre at the
JEC Europe exhibition in March.
JEC Europe claims to be the largest composites exhibition in the
world. It's an important show for all those connected to
composites, a global figure of 550,000 professionals employed in
The three organisations who have recently formed the Composites
Hub shared a purpose built stand on the UK pavilion at the show in
Paris. The UK was the country of honour and had additional exposure
during the 3 day event.
The Skills Alliance, itself made up of 2 organisations - the
National Skills Academy for Process Industries and Semta, the
sector skills council for advanced manufacturing and engineering
sectors - works with training providers and employers to develop
composites training aligned with industry requirements.
'Co-locating with our Hub partners at the exhibition showed the
physical reality of our virtual working relationship' said Philip
Jones, CEO of the Academy; 'Any non-skills enquiries we got, we
were able to walk the enquirer over to the relevant partner to be
assisted rather than say we would pass on their information. We
also benefited from a reciprocal arrangement'
The Hub idea - bringing together the technology from the
National Composites Centre, the trade association representation of
Composites UK and the skills body for the sector, in the form of
the Alliance - drew interest from a number of overseas visitors to
the stand. Most notably delegates from the United States and
Australia were interested in setting up similar partnerships in
their countries and could really see the benefit of the
organisations sharing resources and intelligence, while being able
to remain focused on their individual remits.
Following a successful few days at the exhibition, The Alliance
is now focussing on its next event 'Creating the composites
workforce of the future' at the end of April. For anyone interested
in more information about this event please contact email@example.com.