Summer 2021 Newsletter

 

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.

Looking forward to our Autumn issue, our focus theme is based on:

  • Industrial Revolution 4.0 / 5.0

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NEW CHOICES FOR LEARNERS AFTER GCSEs

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

GAMBICA is proud to have been part of initial meetings held by City and Guilds in partnership with specialist engineering awarding organisation Excellence Achievement and Learning (EAL). It is aimed that T Levels will gradually become one of the main choices for learners after GCSEs.

BRINGING METROLOGY INTO POST 16 EDUCATION

By Joe Neame, Science Specialist for NCFE. 

Joe Neame, Science Specialist for NCFE, looks at T Levels, the new L3 qualifications that follow on from GCSEs. For the majority of learners, this will be the first time they have been exposed to the specific study of metrology and represents a fantastic opportunity to engage and encourage the metrologists of tomorrow. READ MORE…Bringing metrology into post-16 education.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS EXCHANGE IN A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING LANDSCAPE

By Vicki Barwick, Head of Commercial, Training at LGC.

Vicki Barwick, LGC takes a look at what the pandemic has taught us about training in the workplace. 

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

By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS.

UKAS is recognised by the government to assess against internationally agreed standards. But how does UKAS demonstrate its own conformity and competence? Paul Greenwood: UKAS Operations Director explains.

THE NON-TRADITIONAL ROUTE INTO METROLOGY

By Make UK.

Upskilling technical skills is a top growth priority for manufacturers as we emerge from the pandemic, especially as the sector increasingly moves towards digital skills. Make UK tells us about the first-ever apprenticeship measurement standard to be approved by government.

FROM APPRENTICE TO SCIENTIST

By Alison Rooker, NPL Apprenticeship Lead – Training.

NPL, the UK's National Measurement Institute, tells us about their Apprenticeship Scheme, which offers Level 3 apprenticeships in Science, Metrology, Engineering, IT, Finance, Digital Marketing and Business Administration.

A LOOMING CRISIS FOR UK CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT POST BREXIT

By Jeff Llewellyn. President BMTA.

After 31 December 2021, all products which are covered by the UK Regulations must be labelled with the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark. Jeff Llewellyn, BMTA President, asks will the UK Conformity Assessment infrastructure will be able to cope with demand from manufacturers and importers? 

DEMONSTRATING AGILITY DURING LOCKDOWN

By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS.

When mandatory 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.

MEASUREMENT AND TESTING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

By Tenders Direct.

The public sector offers many business opportunities for the measurement and testing industry. To help you get started, Tenders Direct has created a step by step tender writing process for you to follow. 

MEMBER PROFILE

ACOUSTICAL INVESTIGATION AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION (AIRO).

AIRO provides measurement and testing of the acoustical properties of materials, constructional elements and products. Find out more in our Member Profile feature. 

COUNCIL MEMBER PROFILE

JEFF LLEWELLYN, PRESIDENT, BMTA.

Jeff is semi-retired but manages to keep himself busy as President of the BMTA. We asked him to tell us a little about himself.

 

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