Kirklees College Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:51:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Air Products donate redundant compressor to PMC Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:25:01 +0000 STEM champions Air Products have helped the PMC project take another step towards completion with the donation of an air compressor unit to provide pneumatic air to their workshops.

Already established supporters of the project Pneumatic & Electrical Systems, contacted Air Products recently with news of the new specialist training centre and asked if the company could join the incredible number of companies who are helping to support this unique facility.

Air Products’ Martin Wallis found a suitable Kaeser SK26 compressor which was redundant and kept in storage. HPC Compressed Air Systems agreed to service and test the equipment before sending it on to Huddersfield.

Martin, who was keen to support the venture said, “With a national shortage of engineers, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies like Air Products to excite young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Our Science Ambassadors programme has inspired many students over the years to take up STEM subjects.

“As a company we have an unparalleled breadth of engineering capability focusing on delivery mechanisms from cylinders to large tonnage plants. Our people, their expertise and skills can make a real difference to help young people decide in favour of a STEM career.”

Having established the relationship with the college, Air Products and Kirklees College are now exploring future opportunities to continue to support young people in their STEM career ambitions.

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Yorkshire Dama Cheese Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:23:42 +0000 A couple whose business has grown rapidly in just two years is working with Kirklees College to help become more efficient as they plan to expand.

Razan Al-Sous and Raghid Sandouk started their company Yorkshire Dama Cheese in June 2014 after coming to the UK from their native Syria to escape the war there.

The pair have been working with the team at the college’s new PMC to see how they can make their cheese production more efficient and reduce costs. This has included an expert review of how their processes currently operate and how their new factory should be designed when the move to bigger premises in Lindley, Huddersfield.

The award winning Yorkshire Dama has featured on TV programmes including BBC1 Home Comforts with Yorkshire chef James Martin and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. “We are very keen to give something back to Huddersfield because this area, this community, has really supported us,” said Razan.

“It is difficult for small businesses to have their own shop because it is too expensive, so we have brought together lots of different foods that are all natural, all fresh, all local, to help local business and to put Huddersfield on the map for good quality food.”

Yorkshire Dama has been working with college since meeting the commercial manager Jason Taylor at Manufactured Yorkshire last year.

Brian Lawson, who led the case study review of their company to help them design for a more efficient future said, “This has been a really interesting project for us. This a good opportunity to use our knowledge and expertise to consult with a company who are keen to expand and work with the college on Apprenticeship schemes and training in the future.”

“We will be creating several employment opportunities for local people and looking to take on an apprentice,” said Razan.

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Extract Technologies Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:22:00 +0000 Kirklees College has been lucky enough to gain the support of Huddersfield-based Extract Technologies Limited with the donation and refurbishment of the downflow booth for the Process Manufacturing Centre.

Brian Lawson said, “Several months ago while we were trying to gather support for companies to donate equipment we found a rather tired down flow booth.

“On closer examination of the original commissioning documentation I spotted Paul Hudson’s signature. Paul is now the operations director at Extract Technology based in Huddersfield, who are keen supporters of Kirklees College and the Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC). Follow a short discussion and some reminiscing of the original installation; Paul agreed to refurbish the unit using their apprentices who are trained at our college as a donation to the PMC project.”

In June, the downflow booth was fitted into the centre by Paul and the apprentices and is a crucial part of the plant, which will be tested in July. The project was also supported by Projex Solutions, who have been the crucial partner of the college’s in the PMC providing Project management and Process engineering through the design and implementation phase.

Thanks to all at Extract Technology for your support!

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Olympus Technologies donates robotic arm Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:20:29 +0000 Olympus Technologies have responded to the PMC’s call for donations with a generous contribution of one of their robotic arms. Having met with Brian Lawson and commercial manager Jason Taylor at this year’s Manufactured Yorkshire event, the donation was a welcome follow up.

Brian said, “We intend to use this as a pick and place unit of our packaging line. But when it’s not picking and placing, we might well use it to meet and greet visitors in reception!”.

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Klüber Lubrication offers college incredible support Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:18:55 +0000 Kirklees College is proud to announce that the PMC team will be working with Klüber Lubrication to develop courses and training programmes for future engineers in the food and drink industry.

With its shared interest in upskilling technicians within this industry, the company will be providing training for apprentices who attend the PMC to broaden their skills. Klüber Lubrication is already actively engaged with leading manufacturers including Nestle UK and regularly carry out training across the industry to demonstrate how modern lubrication innovations and techniques can increase efficiency and reduce costs

Paul Holland, managing director sales and marketing for Klüber Lubrication Great Britain Ltd said, “There is a classical fit for PMC in the practicalities of establishing best practice lubrication management for the food industry. We can the supplement the Apprenticeship and specialist training that the centre will provide including lubricants, visual management and storage and handling solutions.”

The company will also be providing a Hazardous Substance Cabinet kitted out as appropriate, to simulate the real life manufacturing environment at PMC.

Brian Lawson said, “We’re incredibly pleased to be working with a specialist company of Klüber Lubrication’s calibre. Their in-depth knowledge and experience will enhance the learning that students and apprentices at the centre will receive. This is a fantastic partnership.”

Paul continued, “We applaud the efforts that Kirklees College are making to differentiate the college but also the wider contribution that they are highly likely to make to the skills shortage in engineering disciplines.”

The company are keen believers in encouraging learning and rewarding achievement, an ethos reflected in the college’s values and mission. Klüber Lubrication have offered to provide an annual prize for the outstanding apprentice of the year, once the courses begin, which will be a generous incentive for apprentices each year.

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