Engineers can learn a lot by watching TV

During the next couple of weeks engineers keen to develop their skills, and potential entrants to the industry, will have a second chance to see a series of training programmes designed to help their cause. The Working in Engineering series, first aired on BBC2 earlier this month, will be shown again in the Learning Zone […]

During the next couple of weeks engineers keen to develop their skills, and potential entrants to the industry, will have a second chance to see a series of training programmes designed to help their cause.

The Working in Engineering series, first aired on BBC2 earlier this month, will be shown again in the Learning Zone slot between 5 and 6am on weekdays from 18-28 October.

The series marks a big step in promoting engineering as a career and giving added learning opportunities to workers in various disciplines. The first two half-hour programmes give an outline of the sector, with information on industries such as shipbuilding, aerospace and electronics. They cover the skills and training young people need to work in the industry and take a look at the Modern Apprenticeship schemes.

Other programmes look at computerisation and opportunities for women, and give advice for small firms.

The Engineering and Marine Training Authority worked with the BBC in putting together the series and acted as programme provider for one episode, Troubleshooting, which will be broadcast on 22 October and concentrates on maintenance engineering.

EMTA development manager Julia Murphy says maintenance was picked as the programme’s subject because it is a relatively unsung discipline. The aim was also to highlight a new National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). `The NVQ level 3 qualification is the first to have an assessment plan,’ she says. `It has never been so prescriptive before and we saw a need to provide help in this area.’

Filming took place at Panasonic in Cardiff, Ford’s joining centre at Thameside and the Marconi Marine Yarrow shipyard.

The series marks the start of a higher profile for engineering training. A video of EMTA’s programme will be available by the end of the month. It also plans to produce an interactive CD to be used with BBC’s planned digital Knowledge Channel next year.

For more information call: 0808 100 3682, or visit: www.ell.org.uk