QMT News: October 2010
NPL Training gets national accreditation

The National Physical Laboratory’s (NPL)  measurement training has become a nationally recognised qualification, following accreditation by awarding body EAL. Manufacturers undergoing the training will now have an independently recognised industry qualification, improving workforce motivation and providing added confidence to customers.

NPL have undertaken rigorous tests to show the programme meets national standards. So far, four courses have been approved as qualifications – Dimensional Measurement Level 1 & 2 and Portable Coordinate Measurement Systems (large volume metrology) Levels 1 &

NPL training teaches an understanding of the under-pinning importance of measurement. Employees learn to question, understand and plan the best way to measure, beyond simply being able to use equipment. This helps them build systems into the manufacturing process, reducing errors and waste, and improving quality control and accuracy. This ultimately means businesses can increase productivity and respond to their customers more quickly.

One such business is Dawson Precision Components, who have put several members of staff through NPL training and plan to continue to do so. managing director Simon Dawson said “This is a very welcome move. NPL training has had an important impact on the levels of quality we can offer, which leads to greater customer confidence. This accreditation will provide independent assurance to business prospects that we have the capabilities to deliver the highest level of measurement expertise.”

Tom Ashb adds: “Working with EAL just made sense. As market leaders in engineering N/SVQs they were the obvious partner for getting our training accredited onto the new Qualifications and Credit Framework. Their flexible approach and translation of the language of accreditation has made the process less daunting for NPL and we are delighted to have received final approval by Ofqual.”

email: tom.ashby@npl.co.uk
EAL website www.eal.org.uk

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