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UK MOTORSPORT INDUSTRY TAKES POLE POSITION WITH EAL AWARDS Britain’s motorsport skills pipeline has been secured through the development of specialised qualifications. A partnership between EAL, The National College for Motorsport and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) will safeguard the progression of race technician learners at key British motoring venues.

The £9bn motorsport industry has previously used unrelated awards from the car sales sector to qualify its new technicians – but now specialist vocational awards have been launched to plug the skills gap: • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology – Motorsport (QCF) • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology – Motorsport (QCF). “Working with the National College of Motorsport and MIA, we identified a crucial gap in provision in the motorsport industry. In partnership, we developed bespoke, nationally accredited qualifications to secure the skills pipeline and help thousands of learners enter into this exciting industry,” said Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL. Chris Aylett, Chief Executive of the MIA, said: “Previously, vocational qualifications had no resemblance to work being carried out by race mechanics and the like, and so persistently fell short of the expectations of employers in our sector.”

EAL Chairman, John Hillier (left), EAL Managing Director, Julia Chippendale and Jim Harrod, Head of School at the National College of Motorsport at Silverstone.

Jim Harrod, Head of School at the National College of Motorsport, added: “I feel it is crucial a credible pathway for race technician training is forged to ensure that learners wishing to follow this exciting career can do so.”

EAL LAUNCHES DRIVER SIMULATOR AWARD FOR SPECIALIST CENTRE A virtual reality driver training centre has officially opened its doors – utilising EAL awards to qualify fleets of drivers at haulage firms, emergency services and local authorities. The cutting-edge facility was launched by Tadea, an energy efficiency specialist, at their Washington-based Effective Transport Solutions facility, near Sunderland. Utilising EAL’s Level 1 Award in Effective Driving Techniques, the centre will help fleet motoring become safer, greener and more financially sustainable. Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL, said: “Tadea’s state-of-the-art driving simulators are hugely impressive and will help to make driving safer and greener EAL INTOUCH September 2014

– not to mention save costs for organisations using fleets of drivers. I am very proud that EAL is playing an important role.” The official launch event was attended by delegates from across the fleet and professional motoring sectors. The special guest and keynote speaker was motoring TV personality Quentin Wilson, a staunch advocate of higher driving standards. He said: “I’m hugely impressed with Tadea’s driver education initiatives. This is the sort of programme that should be rolled out across the UK, from schools

to the workplace. The benefits to society from safer driving and

fuel efficiency add up to hundreds of millions.”

Motoring TV personality Quentin Wilson test driving the new simulator at Effective Transport Solutions.


YOUNG ENGINEERS PUT THEORY INTO PRACTICE The final of the 2014 KMF Young Engineer of the Year Awards saw hundreds of students take part in an electric kit car showdown in Derbyshire. The annual competition, run by EAL Centre KMF (Precision Sheet Metal), took a high octane turn this year, as 18 schools went head-to-head to make the fastest and most efficient electric cars. More than 200 youngsters, separated into teams of 12, were tasked with modifying their kit

give these Staffordshire pupils a purposeful learning experience that they will always remember.”

cars to achieve either the fastest lap of the Darley Moor race circuit or the furthest distance travelled.

TV personality and Gadget Show host Jason Bradbury was on hand on race day to present prizes for the fastest lap, top speed and furthest distance, among other awards.

Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of KMF, said: “To witness these young people so focused on the task in hand was truly rewarding and we were able to

Launched in 2012, the event promotes engineering and manufacturing careers to school pupils in the Staffordshire area. Last year, school pupils

were challenged to design and manufacture a clock. Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL, said: “The KMF Young Engineer of the Year competition is a great example of a company using an innovative approach to spark enthusiasm in STEM subjects among school pupils. Congratulations to all those who took part and I hope next year’s event proves even more successful.”

EXPORTING EAL QUALIFICATIONS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS EAL is expanding its international presence by exporting qualifications and British assessment methods to China and Oman. The two countries are investing heavily in education to support their fast growing economies, adopting UK qualifications to ensure their learners are getting the best start to their careers. In Oman, EAL has been operating for almost 20 years, partnering with established Centres such as NTI and TATI. More recently, EAL has been investing in developing assessors at Centres such as the Rusayl Institute, which will provide hundreds of Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQs for workers in the country’s vast petroleum industry.

operating in. “Britain is a world leader in education and our qualifications are highly sought after in many countries around the world. We are privileged to be able to support nations such as Oman and China and the learners launching careers in exciting sectors such as engineering and manufacturing. We are especially pleased to be able to offer a wider range of certifications than ever before, to suit the specific needs of employers, both here in the UK and overseas, through our Flexible Solutions‎ programme.”

Meanwhile, EAL has also been working with the Changshu Vocational Centre School and Chery Jaguar Land Rover to establish a presence in China, delivering similar assessor and internal quality assurer training to ensure Chinese workers can benefit from NVQs and apprenticeship frameworks. In August, a delegation from China travelled to the UK for a ceremony to mark the start of the partnership. Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL, said: “We are very excited about our overseas opportunities and exporting EAL qualifications to new markets in Oman and China, to name just two countries we are currently EAL INTOUCH September 2014


ONLINE QUALIFICATION NEW CATALOGUE NOW LIVE Following customer feedback, we are pleased to announce that we have further improved our qualification information on our website. The launch of our new online qualification catalogue brings more extensive qualification information and enhanced usability to our customers. The new service features a vastly improved search facility, enabling searches by keywords and qualification numbers as well as qualification titles. There are also options to narrow down your search by sector, level, credits and type of qualification.

If you want to see the site in action, visit


We are delighted to launch the new EAL Event App to help our customers and partners have easy access to EAL event information, registrations and reminders. You can use the app to find out more about EAL events and webinars, and register for them. The app also provides a calendar containing details of what is coming up in the future. The app is free to download and is available for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets.

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For the last year EAL has produced a series of free webinars, hosted by EAL experts. The webinars have introduced new products and services, and helped customers get to grips with online systems that make their jobs easier. We have more webinars planned for the coming months, from systems support to product updates.

We will keep you posted on the dates and times via our website and Spotlight e-newsletter, so if you haven’t already subscribed to Spotlight, visit To attend a webinar, all you need is a computer, smart phone or a tablet device with an internet connection. You can also keep up to date with our new Events App. See page 4

IMPROVED CENTRE COMMUNICATIONS To keep our customer communications clear and concise we have combined our Spotlight and TechAlert e-newsletters into one weekly Spotlight that covers qualification and funding updates, as well as news from EAL and the industries we serve. The new approach helps our customers get the information they need quickly and easily, without having to search the web for updates.

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Britain’s rail industry is facing a skills crisis, EAL has said, as billions are set to be invested in the country’s infrastructure over the coming years.

the right level of skills to carry out the work, and those who are already trained need to ensure they have up-to-date skills and knowledge to deal with next generation rail technology.”

The £42bn HS2 project, £12bn Crossrail2 scheme, £38bn Network Rail investment and Transport for London (TfL) pouring billions more into the Underground network, are just some of the announced developments taking place in the UK.

As the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, EAL has launched 18 new railway engineering qualifications – with a view to providing employers with the means to undertake the work of reinvigorating the UK’s rail network.

“Britain is steaming ahead with its future rail transport system,” said Allan Macdonald, EAL’s project manager for rail. “However, there is a serious skills shortage that could derail these multi-billion pound projects at the first hurdle. There simply aren’t enough workers with

The comprehensive selection of qualifications includes NVQs in track maintenance at Levels 2 and 3, NVQs in electrification, signalling, telecoms, traction and rolling stock at Level 3 and Technical Certificates to support the NVQs. Visit for more information.

EX-MILITARY RE-TRAIN FOR CAREERS IN RAILWAY ENGINEERING EAL Centre Akona Training is working with ex-Gurkhas and others from the Army, Navy and RAF in the battle to rebuild and modernise Britain’s railways. Utilising EAL qualifications in overhead line construction and electrification, the Runcornbased rail training centre has already helped dozens of troops re-train and launch new careers. “Former service men and women are perfectly placed to take up the challenge, as they have the right transferrable skills and aptitude, not to EAL INTOUCH September 2014

mention dedication, fitness and commitment for the job,” Julia Chippendale, EAL Managing Director, said. “And with the rail industry receiving huge investment, now is a great time for the troops to take advantage of the opportunities available.” With Government looking to invest £30-50bn into the rail network over the next ten years,

there are thousands of jobs available in railway engineering, which is proving a draw for disciplined, ready-to-work exsoldiers.

they leave because that’s what they know, but now a lot are deciding that security is not for them and they want to get out. A lot are finding the rail sector.”

Steve Ashley is the Managing Director at Akona Training and former Regimental Sergeant Major in the Grenadier Guards. He said: “A lot of ex-military personnel get into security when

EAL’s wide-ranging and growing suite of railway engineering qualifications covers maintenance, electrification and signalling, amongst other areas.



EAL has launched a suite of retail qualifications for the first time – bringing its brand of unrivalled service levels, knowledge and understanding of employer skills needs to the sector. The new qualifications focus on business efficiency, customer service, professionalism, health and safety, effectiveness and security through the development of retail staff – both on the shop floor and behind the scenes. EAL qualifications are aimed at those interested in a career in retail, as well as those already employed and wanting to formalise their expertise. They also cater for apprentices and employers wanting to turn in-house training programmes into nationally accredited awards. The qualifications will provide in-depth understanding of the key

areas of the sector from retail selling to health and safety. EAL Sales Manager David Morgan said: “EAL’s new suite of retail qualifications are not limited to one area of this vast sector, but reach across them all. This could be food, such as supermarkets, butchers and grocers, through to speciality areas, such as electrical, beauty or DIY. “EAL’s nationally recognised and accredited qualifications ensure employees are trained to the highest standard, keeping the customers happy and giving staff a defined career path with real prospects and opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge.”

EAL APPRENTICES POWER THE RAILWAYS New qualifications support £38billion investment in rail network The UK’s first apprentice rail engineers for overhead power lines on Britain’s railways help ensure an ambitious £38billion investment plan is on track. Fourteen young people have been chosen from more than 200 applicants aged 18-24 to become the country’s first OLEC based (Overhead Line Equipment Construction) apprentices, working towards a unique qualification from EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry.

It is estimated overhead power lines sector will need around 2,000 skilled workers by 2016 which is 10 times the current capacity.

The employer, SPL Powerlines, partnered with training provider Intertrain and EAL to devise and deliver the apprenticeship, including EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Rail Engineering Overhead Line Construction and EAL Level 2 Certificate in Rail Engineering Underpinning Knowledge. These qualifications are the only ones currently funded in the SASE Rail Engineering Overhead Line Construction Apprenticeship Framework (FR02717).

Julia Chippendale, MD of EAL said: “Britain’s rail network is undergoing a major transformation and with schemes like HS2 and Network Rail’s National Electrification Project (NEP) this work is going to continue for many years to come. We are delighted to be the awarding body for the first ever qualification in overhead powerline electrical construction. It is vital we grow the skills pipeline to deliver such a major programme of works.”

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The Trailblazer programme has placed employers at the heart of the apprenticeship reform. EAL is working closely with the development groups in the aerospace, automotive, electrotechnical and rail sectors to ensure high quality, rigorous qualifications are available to employers and learners. Elizabeth Bonfield, Head of Business Development at EAL, said: “It is great to be working closely with employers on the development of Trailblazer apprenticeships. The reforms will ensure employers’ skills needs are met by placing them in the driving seat – something we have done at EAL from the beginning.” In the aerospace sector, several standards are under development, with the announcement of manufacturing fitter being the first. Electrotechnical has also announced its first Trailblazer apprenticeship standard with installation and maintenance electrician. Meanwhile, in automotive, there are now six announced standards, from mechatronics maintenance technician through to manufacturing engineer.

The future of apprenticeships in England has taken another step forward after the National Apprenticeship Service announced the latest standards across EAL’s sectors.

For news and details on the latest Trailblazer apprenticeship standards visit

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Autumn 2014 edition of EAL's InTouch magazine

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