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Sumitomo Demag training academy earns skills recognition

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SUMITOMO Demag has announced that its training academy has been awarded Skills Partner status by Cogent.

The firm said the award recognises the company’s Daventry-based Academy, which opened in September 2016, as offering “high quality training that boosts skills transferability”.

The academy hosts workshops allowing students to learn about injection moulding over several years. The six courses are delivered over three consecutive days, offering a mix of theory and practical tests. At the end of the programme, all students sit a three-hour exam, covering all six courses.

Academy trainer Darren Vater-Hutchison said, “This endorsement by the polymer industry skills body is further testament that the courses we’ve developed meet the needs of both employers and their workforce. By equipping students with the skills to work safer, more productively and achieve optimum machine performance, delegates and their employers have reported tangible productivity improvements and an increased sense of ownership and enthusiasm for their jobs.”

Earlier this year SDUK added launched a new four-day Mould Validation course aimed at process technicians.