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BMTA NEWSLETTER – SUMMER 2021

BMTA Newsletter Summer 2021

Welcome to the Summer issue of the BMTA Newsletter

This Summer we cover the theme: Education in the Industry.

We look at the T Level; the new L3 post-16 qualifications that follow on from GCSEs. We have articles from GAMBICA and NCFE, while LGC and Make UK discuss training and upskilling technical skills in the workplace. NPL tells us about their Apprenticeship Scheme which offers Level 3 apprenticeships across a variety of disciplines. T Levels offer students a specialist route into metrology for the first time and, with the government offering employers a financial incentive to take student placements, it could not be a better time for BMTA members to start looking to recruit their next generation of technician.

When lockdown was announced by the UK Government, many businesses rushed to implement changes in order to continue work with minimum possible disruption. Paul Greenwood, UKAS Operations Director tells us how UKAS reviewed its procedures. Paul also describes how UKAS demonstrates its own conformity and competence in his article on peer evaluation.

Will the UK Conformity Assessment infrastructure be able to cope with demand from manufacturers and importers? Jeff Llewellyn, President of BMTA considers if there is a crisis looming; in the new year all products covered by the UK Regulations must be labelled with the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark. We ask all CABs, or those considering applying to be CABs, to get in contact with us as we continue to discuss the present situation with BEIS.

We also have an article from Tenders Direct, a BMTA Partner that offers members a discount on their service. The public sector offers many business opportunities for the measurement and testing industry. We feature a step by step tender writing process.

And last, but definitely not least, our member company profile features long standing BMTA member, AIRO – Acoustical Investigation and Research Organisation. We also get to know our President, Jeff Llewellyn, a little better through our interview with him in our Council Member feature.

To help us provide our BMTA members with useful information we would like your help to:

  • identify and share relevant topics;
  • provide research on new technologies or techniques;
  • let us know industry news;
  • promote events and training sessions;
  • inform us of publications you think may be of interest to your fellow BMTA members. 

Contact us at editor@bmta.co.uk

Laura Vallis
Editor – BMTA Newsletter
editor@bmta.co.uk

THE FEATURES INCLUDE:

SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER:

Page 2 – EDITOR’S NOTE

Page 3 – MEET OUR NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTORS

Page 4 – NEWS

Page 10 – NEW CHOICES FOR LEARNERS AFTER GCSEs

By Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head, Industrial Automation, at GAMBICA

Page 10 – BRINGING METROLOGY INTO POST 16 EDUCATION

By Joe Neame, Science Specialist for NCFE

Page 12 – KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS EXCHANGE IN A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING LANDSCAPE

By Vicki Barwick, Head of Commercial, Training at LGC

Page 15 – PEER EVALUATION – HOW DOES THE NATIONAL ACCREDITATION BODY DEMONSTRATE ITS COMPETENCE AND CONFORMITY?

By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS

Page 16 – THE NON-TRADITIONAL ROUTE INTO METROLOGY

By Make UK

Page 17 – FROM APPRENTICE TO SCIENTIST

By Alison Rooker, NPL Apprenticeship Lead – Training

Page 18 – A LOOMING CRISIS FOR UK CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT POST BREXIT

By Jeff Llewellyn. President BMTA

Page 20 – DEMONSTRATING AGILITY DURING LOCKDOWN

By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS

Page 22 – MEASUREMENT AND TESTING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

By Tenders Direct

Page 24 – MEMBER PROFILE: ACOUSTICAL INVESTIGATION AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION (AIRO)

Page 26 – COUNCIL MEMBER PROFILE: JEFF LLEWELLYN, PRESIDENT, BMTA

To help us provide our BMTA members with useful information we would like your help to:

  • identify and share relevant topics;
  • provide research on new technologies or techniques;
  • let us know industry news;
  • promote events and training sessions;
  • inform us of publications you think may be of interest to your fellow BMTA members.

If you would like to contribute to the next issue of the BMTA Newsletter please contact editor@bmta.co.uk with a brief synopsis.

Equally, should your business produce any information, white papers or interviews that you would like to share, please submit this to enquiries@bmta.co.uk.

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