Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre

Short Courses, Seminars and Workshops

ACMC provided education, training and continuing professional development (CPD) for the composites industry for the 20 years between 1987 and 2006 including bespoke training for individual companies like British Aerospace, British Airways, GKN, British European (flybe), GE and Vestas Wind (UK).  The provision included occasional discussion meetings/seminars (formerly known as workshops) which brought together key personnel to discuss the state-of-the-art of specific technologies and consider whether a roadmap for the future was appropriate.  Over 2000 engineers, technicians and managers have benefitted from our manufacturing-focussed workshops and short courses.

Our principal focus is now undergraduate honours degrees:

We are working closely with Shakspeare Services to pioneer enhanced skills provision in collaboration with both industry and the further education (FE) sector providers.  In that context, we would be particularly grateful for feedback, thoughts and comments regarding all aspects of education and training for the composites industry.

A number of new providers have entered the training market over recent years.  The principal UK and Ireland providers are listed below:

All Around Composites
Shannon Airport - Ireland
Contact Paul Kennedy +353 8514 23173

Banbury and Bicester College
from wet lay-up for the hobbyist to pre-preg laminating for professionals
Contact: 01865 551155

City of Bristol College
are planning NVQ 2 and 3 aircraft maintenance training
and have some composites facilities.
Contact Ram Naidoo, T: 07976 931907.

Composites Skills Alliance
a joint initiative of Cogent and SEEDA
Contact: 01325 740918

Cranfield University
Short Course/CPD on Composite Material Structures
Academic Operations Unit  T: 01234 754192, E:

Coventive Composites
training courses designed to supply the industry
with the educational capacity to thrive in a global recession.
Contact: 01246 266244.

Dark Matter Composites
offers 2 and 5-day training courses in composites technology.
Contact: 01582 469069

National Composites Centre
Emerson's Green (Bristol)
Contact: 0117 370 7600

North Composites Engineering
Composite training provider based in the Wigan area.
Contact: 01942 665292.

University of Surrey
Short Course/CPD: Composite Materials Technology:
Design, Manufacture and Performance
Contact: 01483 689378


Boat-Building Courses

Lyme Regis Boatbuilding Academy.
Cornwall College Falmouth Marine School.
Lowestoft International Boatbuilding Training College.


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