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Specialists in Polymer Processing Apprenticeships

The S&A Science Academy are the only UK Provider of Customised Professional Apprenticeships for Careers in the Polymer and Plastic Injection Moulding Industries
Train Your Current StaffHire and Train a New Apprentice

Are you a Business in the Polymer Industry?

We Offer a Unique Opportunity to Train Dedicated Polymer Processing Talent Through our Government Funded Apprenticeship

We can even help recruit, usually free of charge, new candidates for your apprenticeship programmes saving you valuable time and avoiding hefty recruitment fees

For Job Seekers

Are You Looking for a new Career?

Why not embark on a journey of innovation and mastery with our Polymer Processing Apprenticeship Program. As these industries evolve and new technology advances, the demand for skilled professionals in polymer processing is reaching new heights. Are you ready to be at the forefront of this transformative field?

Why Choose an S&A Science Academy Professional Apprenticeship in Polymer Processing?

(1) Relevant Training & Qualifications

Our customised professional apprenticeship has been co-designed by some of the UK’s leading players in polymer processing. Helping ensure our training, which can lead to recognised qualification up to master’s degree level,  remains relevant to real careers.

(2) Our Cutting Edge Curriculum

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure you receive the latest knowledge and hands-on experience in polymer processing. From the fundamentals of polymer chemistry to advanced processing techniques, you’ll gain the skills needed to excel in today’s dynamic manufacturing landscape.

(3) Hands on Practical Training

Theory meets practice on the job in the your very own workplace, no need to spend hours commuting to training centres, we come to you. Work with industry experienced professionals, getting hands-on experience that goes beyond the classroom. Our apprenticeship program is crafted to give you the confidence and competence needed to tackle real-world challenges.

(4) Industry Contacts & Insights

Forge valuable connections with leading professionals and organizations in the polymer processing industry. Our apprenticeship program provides networking opportunities, mentorship, and exposure to some of the leading figures and latest advances in this exciting industry.

(5) Expert Instruction & Guidance

Our experienced instructors are committed to your success. Receive personalized guidance, feedback, and support throughout your apprenticeship journey. We believe in fostering an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity, and continuous learning.

(6) Ongoing Career Development

Prepare for a rewarding career in polymer processing with our comprehensive career development resources. From your initial apprenticeship through to ongoling training and professional development, we are dedicated to helping you showcase your skills and build your career in the industry.

EMPLOYERS

Welcome to the Future of Polymer Processing Excellence

Unlock the Potential of your Employees

Skilled Polymer Processing & Injection Moulding Apprenticeships

In the fast-paced world of polymer processing, staying ahead requires a team equipped with the latest knowledge and hands-on expertise. Our Science Academy understands the critical role skilled professionals play in driving innovation and success. That’s why we offer a tailor-made solution for employers looking to invest in the growth and development of their workforce through our Polymer Processing Apprenticeship Program.

The S&A Science Academy are the only apprenticeship provider to offer an industy customised 2024 (23.v1) standard for technicians in Polymer Processing roles.

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Free Recruitment

If you don't have employees you'd like us to put through our professional apprenticeships already, we will use our dedicated search and recruitment company to source new candidates for you. ABSOLUTLY FREE.

Free Training

Our Ofsted regulated; government funded training academy will provide professional job related training, via an apprenticeship, whilst your employees also learn whilst working.

Why Partner with The S&A Science Academy to Train Your Polymer Processing & Injection Moulding Apprentices?

(Besides Free Recruitment & Free Professional Training!)

Get a Continuous New Talent Pipeline

Access a pool of motivated and highly trained individuals ready to contribute to your organization. Our apprenticeship program attracts candidates who are passionate about polymer processing, bringing fresh perspectives and a commitment to excellence.

Industry & Role Relevant Training

Ensure your team is up-to-date with the latest advancements in polymer processing. Our apprenticeship program combines cutting-edge curriculum with hands-on training, equipping apprentices with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle real-world challenges.

Enhanced Productivity

Investing in the professional development of your team leads to increased productivity and efficiency. Our apprenticeship program is designed to bridge skill gaps, ensuring your employees are equipped with the expertise needed to drive success in polymer processing.

Professional Training & Qualifications

If you are a UK Apprenticeship levy payer, all the 12-36 months of professional training we provide could be fully subsidised by the Education & Skills Funding Agency. If you’re not a levy payer, as an accredited provider we can usually help recover 95%-100% of the total cost.

Industry Recognition & Enhance PR

Be known as an industry leader committed to employee growth and development. Partnering with us for polymer processing apprenticeships not only benefits your team but also enhances your organization’s reputation as a forward-thinking employer. We may even be able to help you avoid redundancy and recruitment fees through retraining your existing staff.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Apprenticeships can be used as part of your employees Continuous Professional Development plans and are proven to increase employee engagement, motivation and reduce staff attrition.

Want to Understand More About our Core Curriculum and Approach?

We have designed a highly customised professional apprenticeship for the polymer processing & plastics industries

With our commitment to being leaders in professional training, education, and apprenticeships, you can be confident we will substantially enhance your workforce in polymer process and plastics industry knowledge and capabilities.

Polymer Processing Technician

The S&A Academy are the first provider to launch the new L3 Polymer Processing Technician Apprenticeship. We have taken our experience in delivering Science apprenticeships in a tailored approach to the Polymer Industry.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

Polymer processing technicians produce polymer products to a specification. They work in a production facility – often on a large scale, using a range of machinery, control systems and engineering equipment. Products are made using continuous or in batch processes. Polymer processing technicians set up or configure equipment and tooling and prepare materials for processing. They run and monitor the process, adjusting parameters. They use unique technologies and processes such as extrusion, blow moulding, thermoforming, rotational moulding, injection moulding, internal mixing, and calendering. They undertake quality control, complete work records, and participate in improvement. They may also complete preventative maintenance and prepare polymer process equipment for maintenance and overhaul. 

Delivery pattern & Locations

Blended delivery online and in person taking place 1-day per week over 24 months – available for employers across the UK.

Remember

We also offer employer specific customisation of our apprenticeship programmes. Useful to add additional modules, or blend other training, such as management skills or training on your particular type of equipment, into our overall delivery programmes.

Polymer Processing Programme Outline

Duration: circa 24 months

Delivery Method: Blended

Core Occupational Duties

Duty 1 Prepare polymer equipment and materials for processing. For example, complete tool changes, set machine parameters.

Duty 2 Run and monitor polymer processes, adjusting parameters such as speed, temperature, pressure, and time.

Duty 3 Complete secondary operations such as assembling, printing, decorating, cooling operations, packing, and labelling.

Duty 4 Complete quality control processes. For example, conduct grade parameter checks (size, colour, weight). Take samples for laboratory testing. Perform material testing (melt flow index (MFI), moisture, tensile etc).

Duty 5 Resolve process, quality and operating environment issues when operating out of normal parameters. For example, out of specification parameter.

Duty 6 Conduct handover responsibilities – providing information to or receiving information from other shifts or maintenance teams.

Duty 7 Complete process documentation – digital or paper based. For example, process and production records, traceability records, quality assurance records.

Duty 8 Maintain the work area (housekeeping) following safety, environmental and risk management systems. Ensure waste is separated, segregated, and handled in accordance with environmental standards.

Duty 9 Establish a process involving new or modified equipment, tooling or material and report on the outcomes. Carry out process trials and capability studies.

Duty 10 Conduct first line routine maintenance (daily and preventative) and testing of polymer processing equipment. For example, checking guarding, lubrication, cleaning of tooling, safety checks, and inspection for wear and tear.

Duty 11 Prepare polymer process equipment for maintenance and overhaul.

Duty 12 Support internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance.

Duty 13 Participate in continuous improvement activities. For example, identifying ways to contribute to sustainability by reducing energy use and waste, improving cycle times, tool trialling.

Duty 14 Participate in risk assessment activities.

Duty 15 Participate in root cause investigations for quality related issues and implement the corrective action to ensure that failures are non-repeatable and production is ongoing.

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