August 6, 2020 @ 9:38 by Richard Dawson
The Materials Processing Institute has launched a series of online training courses making its expertise on the steel industry available to a global audience.
The North East-based research and innovation centre is already a provider of classroom-based courses aimed largely at the materials and metals sector.
However, staff have now launched the first of what is set to become an extensive suite of online courses designed to address current issues affecting the steel industry.
A not-for-profit organisation, the Institute has a pipeline of more than 50 courses tackling various aspects of the steel manufacturing process, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Chris McDonald, the Institute’s chief executive, said the online courses have been launched in response to both the lockdown restrictions and the need for easy access to tailored online training.
He said: “This is a practical response to address and overcome issues currently facing the modern global steel industry.
“These bite-sized courses fulfil a need for specific knowledge and solutions with its innovative ‘just in time’ approach.
“The Institute has earned an international reputation for research and innovation in advanced materials and many of our staff have amassed more than 20 years’ experience working in steel and related industries.
“These courses reflect their depth of understanding and are an opportunity for the Institute to support the global steel industry with easy to access training options.”
Previously, the Institute delivered its five-day classroom courses largely on behalf of partner businesses, but these digital courses are accessible from anywhere in the world and are aimed at individuals and companies keen to expand their industry skills and knowledge base.
Chris added: “This is fulfilling a definite demand with access to cutting-edge industry knowledge at the click of a button. The courses will also increase awareness of other Institute services, including consultancy.”