Manufacturers who wish to deliver the new Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design from September 2010 must submit their applications by 26 November 2008.
The Diploma will be taught by partnerships of schools and colleges working alongside businesses. The qualification for 14-19 year olds will address the skills and knowledge needed for a career in manufacturing and related industries. It is being introduced next year in 27 areas across England at Foundation, higher and advanced level. The course will cover materials science, product design, business and management, and production and processing. Specialist units and work experience will be included.
‘Manufacturers have never had the opportunity to shape the skills and knowledge of young people during their time in school or college in such a direct way,’ said Derek Jones, leader of the diploma development team. The qualification will ‘educate and inspire a whole new generation of workers who can raise performance levels’, he adds.
The Diploma is one of a total of 17 new diplomas which will be fully implemented by 2013. It has been developed by sector skills councils Improve, Proskills, Cogent, Semta and Skillfast-UK.
Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design
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