The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA) has launched a new training passport scheme for individuals working in the fluid power industry. Raising and maintaining high standards through training and education in fluid power is one of the key remits of the association. The BFPA has been producing courses in both hydraulics and pneumatics for over 20 years, in conjunction with a national network of BFPA-verified approved training partners. The new BFPA training passport card, which is a durable credit card size, includes a photograph for personal identification and lists the cardholder’s verified training course details on the back. The new training passport cards can be issued retrospectively to anyone who has completed a BFPA course within the past two

years, or a CETOP course. With the new BFPA training passport scheme,

passport holders will become a member of a national scheme administered and verified by the UK’s national trade body for fluid power (BFPA). The card will also provide a simple and instant way of confirming your identification on-site and fluid power training achievements to employers and customers. The training passport will promote and

demonstrate the individual’s commitment to safe working practices and high standards in the fluid power industry, and show a personal, up-to-date record of the individual’s training courses, serving as a reminder for when courses need to be renewed in line with continuing professional development guidelines. Martin

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Michael LeGoff, Plessey’s CEO, has played a pivotal role in a successful pilot project, providing one-to-one mentoring and financial support to high-performing students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Other influential mentors include Paul O’Brien, director, BT Service & Operations Lab; Nick Ames, group chief executive, SC Group; Jon Benton, regional director Dawnus; and Stephen Ball, former CEO of Lockheed Martin UK and the first captain of industry to champion

the scheme. Introduced by the University of

Plymouth, the Tamar Engineering Project (TEP) is a mentoring and financial award programme, developed to help remedy a technical

skills shortage in the UK. The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that British industry will require 100,000 new STEM graduates subjects every year until 2020, if it is to meet its growth aspirations. However, the UK higher education sector has been producing fewer than 90,000 STEM graduates each year. Further mentors will be recruited before the project launches fully in September, to coincide with students starting their first semester of 2017-18.


A poll of

over 600 UK manufacturers, commissioned by Subcon (the UK’s only dedicated event for contract and subcontract manufacturing), has shown that 90 per cent feel the industry would benefit from more young people working in it and 72 per cent do not believe the Government is doing enough to promote skills training. The survey also revealed that only 54 per cent of the businesses surveyed currently train apprentices. By the time you read this, the results of the election will be in and, whatever the outcome, I hope to see some positive steps towards closing the skills gap within the industry. Lisa Peake - Acting Editor

A leisure centre operator has cut energy use at its pools by 30 per cent, following the installation of ABB variable speed drives (VSDs). ABB drives rated between 4kW and 30kW have been installed on air handling units (AHUs) and pool circulation pumps, in 60 of the leisure centres operated by Places for People Leisure. This has significantly reduced power consumption by matching the speed of the motors to the required demand. AHU fan motors in older systems are frequently oversized and will

operate at full speed 100 per cent of the time, regardless of demand. By installing VSDs, the fan speed can be reduced to match actual demand. Pool pump motors are also frequently oversized because it is difficult to

predict exactly what the demand will be once the system is in operation. Oversized pumps draw power unnecessarily to feed a demand that does not exist, which often results in flow having to be reduced by being manually throttled. VSDs will reduce the speed of the pool circulation pump motors, particularly during periods of low bathing loads, while ensuring water quality is maintained in line with the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG)’s requirements. ABB


Optimas Solutions announces its on- going support of the Jaguar Land Rover ‘Ride and Drive Event’, which each year raises money for the NSPCC. The prestigious event, which was held over the weekend of 20 May, raised over £24,000 for the worthy cause.

DENSO will support Rebecca Jackson, a rising star in motor sport and the automotive media, across her many activities in the public eye. Jackson, who previously worked with DENSO on the Track to Track challenge from Moscow to London, will showcase DENSO products at key events for the aftermarket industry.

Rehm Thermal Systems is involved in a variety of social projects aimed at getting children and young people more excited about sport and exercise. The end of April saw another Kids’ Kickabout football day at the Blautopf School in Blaubeuren, already in its fifth year.

FANUC is launching a purpose-built training academy at its new 107,000sq ft facility in Ansty Park, Coventry. The academy includes more than £300,000 worth of brand new equipment, allowing students to receive practical training in a safe, controlled environment.

Renishaw hosted over 150 students from local primary schools for an education day on the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car that aims to break the 1,000 mph land speed record. The students visited Renishaw’s Gloucestershire headquarters to see a full-scale model of the supersonic car and participate in hands-on activities.


Kingsbury, BFPA Membership and Training director said: “BFPA’s new training passport scheme is the naturalprogression for us at the BFPA and supports our aim of constantly raising standards and promoting safe working practices in the fluid power industry.”


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