Grants totalling more than £200,000 have been awarded to 28 British manufacturers in the Engineering Professional Development Awards.
The grants are given by the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of the quality of training schemes for professional engineers. A total of 574 engineers will benefit from the grants.
Four companies won extra £1,000 Innovative Training Awards: Display system manufacturer Barco; environmental safety consultant Peter Watters & Associates; lawnmower and street cleaning specialist Textron Turf Care & Speciality Products; and drug developer Callanish. Civil engineer I H Borland won its award for a diving course to help one engineer inspect underwater structures.
`Both employers and employees benefit from innovative training and we can support all sizes of companies and all kinds of training,’ said Robin Bond, chairman of selectors for the awards.
Bond said the quality of training and best practice had improved in the five years since the awards, financed by the Department of Trade and Industry, were launched.
The academy is inviting applications for the 1999/2000 awards. Details on 0171 227 0504.