News in brief

A stint in Japan

The British and Japanese government-backed Manufacturing Technology Fellowship Programme is offering qualified British engineers with two years’ experience the chance to work in Japan for 3 11 months. Last year, Britons took six of the 12 fellowships awarded under the scheme. Applicants should contact the DTI. Tel: 0171-215 3879. Fax: 0171-215 3934.

Solar for centre

BP is to build a £500,000 solar-powered visitor centre for a new energy park at Baglan Bay in Port Talbot, South Wales. The 15kW solar system will power the building’s lighting, appliances and electronic equipment. It will be linked to the local grid.