Surface Finishing & Fabrication
Mario Pennisi has just returned from a successful training
visit to Hong Kong where, as an independent expert, he trained
participants from the Hong Kong Architectural Service Department
and Housing Department, powder coatings producer marketing
personnel, and some companies that are powder coaters or have
interest in the technology. Many of the participants provide
powder coated fabricated architectural components for some
of the most prestigious projects in China.
The course cosnisted of four days of training as well as
a lengthy competency based test including practiucal work
on testing of coatings. 14 people were deemed competent and
are issued with Certificates in Powder Coating Testing.
The course covered the following topics:
2 The Standards related to powder coatings
3 The Substrate
- Identification of metal surfaces
- Identification of soils
- Incoming inspection (Inspection prior to processing)
- Removal of soils
- Pretreatment for powder coating
- Abrasive Blasting
- Conversion Coating
4 Powder Coating
- Advantages of powder coating
- Properties of powder coating
- Equipment for applying powder
- The powder gun
- Jigs and earthing
- Powder coating materials
- Applying the powder
- Curing Ovens
- Repair of damaged powder coatings
5 Testing and Inspection
- Cure/Film thickness
- Adhesion/Mechanical properties
- Corrosion Resistance/Weather Resistance
6 Quality Assurance
- Identify defects
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Traineeships are available in:
- Powder Coating
- Metal Finishing
The paperwork is done for you by the New Apprenticeship
Centres (NAC's) set up by the government as a one-stop shop.
Training is also available on specific topics.
Training can be arranged as a ‘fee-for-service’ as well as
within the government sponsored traineeship User Choice
Some information on competency based training has been provided
by one of the largest of the private Registered Training Organisations.
Competency Based Training
and Flexible Delivery
Metal and Engineering Training Package
Mark Tuck-First Choice Training Institute
The delivery of Apprenticeship and Traineeship training
in the Metal and Engineering sectors is now focused on the
achievement of competence against a Nationally endorsed set
of Competency Standards.
The competency standards can be packaged together to form
qualifications. These qualifications include:
- traineeships for production employees,
- higher engineering trades for tradespeople and
- a traineeship and a Diploma for technical employees.
To achieve the required level of competence an apprentice
or trainee must be able to demonstrate that they have the
required practical skills and the underpinning knowledge content
for that skill.
The Metal and Engineering Training Package (MEM98) contains
competency standards, divided into specific industry sectors,
- Surface Finishing,
- Mechanical, etc,
that allow for the achievement of qualifications within
a trade calling or industry sector. They also allow for the
tailoring of a training program to suit a specific enterprise
need, eg an enterprise may fabricate, machine and surface
finish their products. The training program will therefore
reflect (as it should) that enterprises’ specific training
needs and the job scope of each individual apprentice or trainee.
Training Delivery – What? Where, When? and How?
An exciting aspect of the new training arrangements is
the availability of choice – What? Where? When? and How?.
This choice is available to enterprises NOW.
The training package will allow the enterprise to choose
what competencies are needed for the specific
company, not chosen by bureaucrats located in ivory towers,
as was the case in recent history. Therefore, the developed
skills will be relevant to the enterprise within a recognised
qualification framework, and purposely improve competitiveness
and productivity in an ever-demanding global economic environment.
Training can be flexible
Under the User Choice concept, an employer
and an employee has the right to select
- the Registered Training Provider of their choice,
- where the training takes place and
- when it takes place.
Providing that the enterprise has access to a training room
or office away from the actual workstation then theoretical
aspects of the training can be conducted at the worksite.
At all times, it should be remembered that government funded
traineeship and apprenticeship training must take place during
normal work hours. Training could therefore be delivered on
a one-to-one case managed basis (at your worksite), or through
a small group process or the more traditional classroom or
block release process (away from your workplace) or any combination
of each. (How)
With a requirement to achieve competence against a set outcome,
a trainee or apprentice can be assessed at any stage or time.
Achievement is not based on a time served basis. This
ensures that those trainees and apprentices with advanced
skills are not held back and those who need additional assistance
are supported until competence is achieved.
Some advantages of flexible training are:
- Application of learning immediately to live work based
issues/tasks rather than a simulated one
- Linking learning to productive tasks
- Using valuable time and resources efficiently to achieve
learning and projected outcomes
- Bringing learning into the view of all in the workplace
- colleagues, supervisors and managers
- Encouraging participants to take responsibility for their
own learning and what works best for them
- Learning through doing with support and expert input
at relevant times
- Learning from the experience of learning
- Transferring the learning process from one situation
to a range of other situations.
To ensure the success of a flexibly delivered training programme
a number of key factors must be achieved:
- The development of an agreed action plan (Training Plan),
that identifies the goals for the group or individual and
the learning outcomes
- The creation of a supportive, open and honest communication
and learning climate
- The Identification of an individual’s learning needs
and a focus on developing required skills
- The modelling of a work based learning methodology for
staff training and development
- A supportive employer