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NOTE FROM EAL MD Welcome to the Autumn issue of InTouch. It has been a busy few months since the last edition of InTouch, and once again we have a magazine full of exciting news to share with you.

Team UK have made their nation proud at the Skills ‘Olympics’ WorldSkills 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. Read more about their success on page 6.

We are delighted to announce our partnership with F1 in Schools, which will give thousands of young people a chance to achieve an EAL certificate. More details on page 3.

EAL has a new Head of Commercial Development, Natalie Wilson. You can learn more about her on page 7.

The Automotive Industrial Partnership is supporting the automotive sector with its skills needs. See page 4 for details on how they work together with the automotive industry.

We have also launched a range of exciting new qualifications. Have a look at page 8 to get the details. Warm regards, Julia Chippendale Managing Director, EAL

EAL DEAL – JUST THE TICKET Academy Platform For First Class Training The new National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) is en route to deliver a first class ticket to skills thanks to an historic deal with EAL. EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry, will certify and validate 39 courses at NTAR through its accreditation services, covering traction and rolling stock. The first students from Siemens and South West Trains will join in October, while members of the Rail Engineering Design Technician Apprentice Group will also be attending a residential week. The academy at Kings Heath, Northampton was jointly built and funded by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) drawing on a repayable grant from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills - and Siemens. EAL INTOUCH Autumn 2015

Facilities include a large fully fitted workshop, a virtual reality suite, a ‘digital railway’ room, and areas dedicated to European Rail Traffic Management System/ European Train Control System and rail electrification. Half of the Academy’s capacity is allocated to the wider rail industry with the remainder for Siemens’ use.

can steer the railway network through a transformational era and attract bright young people into the industry.” Jayne Lewis, Rolling Stock Training Manager at Siemens said: “Working with EAL, the launch of this newly-accredited programme of practical technical instruction will allow staff to build their skill base step-by-step.”

“It will include modules that will qualify them for the Diploma in Traction and Rolling Stock Maintenance, which will become the ‘gold standard’ for training in the sector.” For more information on NTAR visit and to find out more about the courses on offer visit

Julia Chippendale, managing director of EAL, said: “This is a fantastic new facility that will make a real difference to skills in the railway industry and support the huge rail infrastructure programmes underway across the UK.” “EAL has worked with Siemens and NTAR to validate a suite of courses offering flexible learning solutions to support trainees, apprentices and existing staff. It will help to build a workforce that PAGE 02

EAL AND F1 IN SCHOOLS British school pupils are on the starting grid for a great career in engineering, with EAL giving a green light to a new deal with F1 in Schools. Youngsters aged between 15 and 18, who attend over 2000 schools participating in F1 in Schools, will be in pole position for a Level 1 Foundation Certificate.

“EAL’s partnership with F1 in Schools reflects our determination to drive vocational qualifications in to the classroom.” Said Natalie.

F1 in Schools is a national and international competition that tasks teams of students to design, test, manufacture and race a scale model Formula 1 car. The programme is run in over 44 countries with regional and national finals events. Winners from each National Final compete at the highest level, the F1 in Schools World Finals, vying for the F1 in Schools World Champions title, the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, scholarships to City University London and bursaries for UCL Mechanical Engineering.

“Every pupil taking part in this truly inspirational competition will have the chance to gain a meaningful qualification which could set them off on the right track in life.”

Specialist awarding organisation EAL is pioneering a raft of new initiatives to drive vocational pathways to work in to schools – giving younger pupils the tools that they need to embark on a rewarding career. The deal is the first struck by the company’s new Head of Commercial Development Natalie Wilson.


EAL recently unveiled a portfolio of schools qualifications, which would count toward apprenticeships and traineeships. In addition, the ‘Closer to Industry with EAL’ pledge for schools, launched last year, is securing ties between educators and local businesses to ensure that industry’s needs are met and the skills gap closed. F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford hailed the agreement as ‘groundbreaking’;

British engineers through the F1 in Schools programme. “Thanks to EAL, students participating in F1 in Schools not only benefit from the challenge of the competition, but can also gain a landmark qualification which will be invaluable to them as they progress into further education and their careers. “ Participating schools can utilise one of 15 ‘Make and Race Centres’ - hubs where their designs are manufactured and raced under controlled conditions. Managing Director of EAL, Julia Chippendale said: “EAL believes in stimulating the imagination of young people – to awaken their drive, ambition and abilities to realise their true potential. “This project is the perfect platform to do just that.”

“The magnetic appeal of F1 provides the spark to inspire a new generation of great


EAL offers 24-hour certificate turnaround as standard, and our e-certificates can be uploaded directly to ACE.

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HAVE YOUR COMMITMENT TO SKILLS RECOGNISED The Semta Skills Awards celebrate the ‘Best of British Engineering’, recognising the talented people and inspiring businesses that make this sector such an exciting and dynamic environment to work in. You and your colleagues work hard to deliver for your company day in day out. This is your chance to have those efforts recognised and to celebrate your achievements with your industry peers. Whether you’re a large employer, SME or training provider, you deserve to have your commitment to skills recognised and rewarded. Supported by major industry players, this amazing event will enable to you to gain valuable brand exposure on the night, as well as through the subsequent media coverage. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for you to network, to raise your company’s profile within the sector and to appreciate the level of talent and skills in the industry.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES? Companies of all sizes across all engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors can nominate in one or more of nine categories … • Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Atkin • Higher Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Rolls-Royce • Graduate of the Year sponsored by Marshall • Skills Champion of the Year sponsored by BAE Systems • Skills Innovation of the Year sponsored by Siemens • Training Partner of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover • SME Investment in Skills sponsored by Get My First Job • Technician of the Year sponsored by EngTechNow • Semta and WISE award for Diversity in Engineering supported by MBDA.

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HOW TO NOMINATE It’s easy to nominate. Just go to to make your nomination online now. Nominations close on 30 November 2015. For more information contact: 01740 627006


E-LEARNING PROGRAMMES FOR WELDING AND ENGINEERING SKILLS EAL and e-learning experts Skills2Learn have joined forces to design new intuitive e-learning programmes that allow tutors to easily track and monitor learners’ progress to ensure they clearly understand all the elements involved, whilst providing a cost saving on materials. The e-learning packages use visually rich 2D and 3D graphics/animation, audio, video, text and interactive quizzes to engage learners and increase knowledge retention. They can be used to expand knowledge and understanding within the classroom or for personal study at home. Packages currently available: • Welding & Fabrication • Performing Engineering Operations For more information, please contact our Customer Services Team on 01923 652400 or

EAL WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND EAL’s free webinars, hosted by our experts, have been hugely popular in the last two years, and on many occasions have completely sold out. The webinars have introduced new products and services, as well as helped customers get to grips with online systems to make their jobs easier. These webinars are now available on demand, to suit your busy schedule. You can access them all on our website 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

ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATES FROM EAL EAL Centres now have the option to receive their learners’ certificates electronically. By adopting this lean process of downloading certificates from EAL and uploading them directly to the ACE & ACW portals, EAL Centres can save time and money. If you would like more information, please contact our Customer Services Team on 01923 652400 or

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SUCCESS AT SKILLS OLYMPICS Team UK have made their nation proud at the WorldSkills 2015 competition in São Paulo, Brazil. The elite of British engineering have grabbed a ‘bank vault’ of medals and made their nation proud at the Skills ‘Olympics’ WorldSkills 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. In a stellar night for the engineering Team UK, no less than 10 of the 12-person squad won medals – the highest in the competition’s history. Eight of the 10 winners have chosen EAL qualifications on their journey to WorldSkills success. Of Team UK’s 40 members, 33 were in medal positions, picking up three gold, four silver, two bronze and 24 Medallions of Excellence. In addition, Beauty Therapist, Rianne Chester, gained the highest score of any of the 1,200 competitors who were practicing across a range of 50 skills winning the coveted Albert Vidal Award. Julia Chippendale, EAL Managing Director, says Team UK deserve a heroes’ welcome: “Years of dedication, intensive training and countless hours spent preparing for the competition have paid off. Team UK have achieved an incredible number of medals, a true testament to their skills and knowledge.” “The team’s achievement will inspire generations to come – and help us find new talent to feed the skills pipeline and plug the nation’s skills gaps.” “I am delighted that eight out of 10 engineering medal winners were EAL learners. It’s great to see that our qualifications help young people compete - and excel - at the highest level.”

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EAL learners Patrick Devanney, Chris Renwick and Dominic Trees (all 21), who work for CarnaudMetalbox, were all awarded Medallions of Excellence for their efforts in the Manufacturing Team Challenge having built a robotic lift that could lift a substantial weight. “It was an exhausting week,” said Patrick. “But all worthwhile ... we have made some wonderful friends, learnt lots and had the privilege of representing our county and our country. “Can’t wait to celebrate.” Toyota’s Robyn Clarke and Andy Smith, both from Chester, and who work at the manufacturer’s Deeside plant in North Wales, were awarded Medallions of Excellence for Mechatronics. Robyn (22) said: “I started crying when I heard that we had won a Medallion of Excellence – and that is not like me. “I realised just how big this achievement was – we represented the country and got above the World average score.” The next WorldSkills Finals will take place in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Team UK was supported by BBC’s Steph McGovern who covered the competition with EAL and Semta media team from Brazil.


PASSION FOR SUCCESS Interview with Natalie Wilson, EAL Head of Commercial Development

Passion for delivering world-class qualifications and services is what drives EAL. The new Head of Commercial Development, Natalie Wilson, stands firmly for these values.

Natalie said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this position which will enable me to utilise my knowledge and experience to the full. I am passionate about skills – and the work of EAL.”

Natalie was appointed to the newly created position in early June. She will spearhead the company’s revitalised commercial offering, formulate and execute strategy and liaise closely with EAL’s sister organisation Semta – which is engineering skills for the future.

“EAL is an excellent organisation, its commitment to excellence shines through in everything it delivers. I am looking forward to enhancing our services to all our stakeholders and delivering a truly commercial proposition for the future.”

She enhances the company’s senior team, having spent four years working as EAL’s Product Innovation Manager.

A former apprentice herself, Natalie has previously worked nationally and internationally with Transco and British Gas. She was Apprenticeship Manager

for ConstructionSkills before becoming a highly successful Head of Faculty at Rotherham College.

supports the mighty Leeds Rhinos which has been part of her life from when her father played rugby during her childhood.

Leeds College of Building appointed Natalie as Work Based Learning Manager to manage the delivery of Construction Apprenticeships and schools provision contract.

Natalie’s appointment coincides with exciting developments in apprenticeships and vocational qualifications, and since she will be heading up many of EAL’s key initiatives in these fields, you can expect to hear much more from her in the months and years to come.

Natalie’s extensive experience, coupled with a high level of career and training achievements, has resulted in her becoming a recognised member and chartered status manager of CMI. A proud mother of one, and a Rugby League fanatic, Natalie

TAKE THE INSIDE LANE FOR LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES If you want to keep up to date with all the latest Centre, qualification and funding updates, as well as news from EAL and the industries we serve, sign up to our weekly Spotlight e-newsletter and have all the latest information delivered straight to your inbox. To sign up for the new Spotlight, visit EAL INTOUCH Autumn 2015


QUALIFICATIONS FOR FUTURE ENGINEERS EAL has launched new Level 2 and 3 Engineering Technology VRQs and new KS4 & KS5 qualifications. KS4 & KS5 QUALIFICATIONS EAL’s new suite of KS4 and KS5 qualifications are designed by our own industry experts and provide young people aged 14-19 with a seamless progression path from school to apprenticeships and industry careers. The new qualifications span engineering, electrical, plumbing and heating. They are reported in the 2017 Performance Tables and contribute to the ‘schools’ league tables. In addition, all EAL’s KS4 qualifications will count towards the Progress 8 measure. These qualifications are supported by innovative interactive materials and recognised by employers, providers and professional engineering institutions including the Engineering Council, NICEIC and Society of Operations Engineers. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY VRQS EAL’s new engineering VRQ qualifications have been designed specifically in response to customer feedback, ensuring they meet the needs of our customers, employers and learners. They complement the existing suite of Level 1 qualifications, which went live on 1st March, and offer progression routes for future engineers. The qualifications come fully equipped with innovative materials, which support e-learning and e-portfolios, work with mobile devices and VLEs, and help teaching staff with delivery. All qualifications have been included in the new issue of the Engineering Manufacture Apprenticeship Framework. In addition, the new Level 2 VRQs have been included in the new issue of the Improving Operational Performance Framework.

ENGINEERING BRAINZ How quickly can you crack this logic test?

A lot of thought What is the number of the parking space containing the car

Originally set in Hong Kong as part of a school admissions test for first graders, the puzzle has proved a viral sensation. You’ll find the answer in our next edition.

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To find out more about EAL qualifications and services please contact our Customer Services Team on: +44 (0)1923 652400

EAL InTouch - Autumn Edition  

Autumn 2015 edition of EAL's InTouch magazine

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