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NEWS Metals leader signs skills pledge Metsec is the latest organisation to adopt the government’s Skills Pledge which aims to address the shortage of skilled workers by investing in the development of employees’ skills. Stephen Tilsley, Metsec Chief Executive, recently signed the Skills Pledge certificate in the presence of Skills Minister David Lammy MP and Lynn Tomkins, UK Director of Policy at Sector Skills Council, Semta, when they met to discuss skills needs in the metals, mechanical and electrical sector. “A huge shift in skills levels is vital if the UK is to compete with other economies. Making the Pledge shows a company’s readiness to invest in people and work with employees,” said Ms Tomkins. An early signatory of the Pledge, Semta is currently negotiating a sector agreement with the Learning and Skills Council which will secure training funding for employers, and aims to increase the number of companies adopting the Skills Pledge. Mr Tilsley chairs the employer-led group which is driving the development of Semta’s Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for the Metals, Mechanical and Electrical (MME) sector, to be launched in April. One of the SSA priorities, which employers in the MME sector have identified, is to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships. “While up-skilling the existing workforce to meet the skills needs of the business is important, the value we derive from our apprenticeships is immense,” said Mr Tilsley. “About 20% of our current workforce has come through our apprenticeship scheme and we aim to double this over the next 10 years.” Metsec’s Stephen Tilsley (left) and Skills Minister, David Lammy MP. New machines debut at UK exhibition Kaltenbach will be demonstrating a number of Also on show will be the Intelligent new machines and processes for the first time, Blade Control (IBC), a fully integrated blade including what is said to be the world’s fastest management and control system that influences bandsaw, at the Mach 2008 exhibition, which is cut accuracy and overall cycle times of straight held at the NEC from 21-25 April. cutting bandsaws. The company’s showpiece line-up will The KBS750DG/KDS615 sawing/multi- include the HBM440 ALU, which is the fastest axis drilling, close coupled system will be bandsaw ever developed and a machine demonstrated on Kaltenbach’s Stand 4750 designed for automatic straight cutting of non- located in Hall Four. The machine features the ferrous materials. There will also be a mix of latest solid carbide drills which cut five times Behringer straight and mitre cutting bandsaws quicker than high speed steel, and three times on display. faster than tungsten carbide tipped units. Diary For all Corus events visit www.corusevents.com, email events@corusgroup.com telephone: 01724 405060 For all BCSA events email: david.moore@steelconstruction.org telephone: 020 7747 8122 12 March 2008 23 April 2008 21 May 2008 The SCI provide a range Steel: The Show 2008 Sustainability Seminar Responsible Welding of in-house training Thorpe Park, Leeds. The Lowry, Manchester. Free Coordinator Seminar courses to both Free Boyne Valley Hotel & Members and Non-Members of the SCI. 29 April 2008 Country Club Courses can be customised to suit a 9 April 2008 CE Marking of Structural Drogheda, Republic of Ireland. £100 for company’s CPD objectives. Sustainability Seminar Steelwork members, £150 non-members SCI’s In-House training is a cost Hawthorden Lecture Theatre, National Motorcycle Museum, effective approach to ensure your staff Edinburgh. Free Birmingham, £100 for members, £150 22 May 2008 receive the most relevant and up-to- non-members Sustainability Seminar date training materials. For a list of all 22 April 2008 Cavendish Conference Centre, in-house courses or to discuss your Corrosion Control 7 May 2008 London. requirements please contact, Sandi of Steel Structures Sustainability Seminar Free Gentle T: 01344 636544 or email Joint Seminar with Institute of Corrosion. Thinktank, Birmingham. Education@steel-sci.com Oxford. £176.25 per delegate Free 10 NSC March 2008


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