Upcoming courses at the EEF

The EEF offers a comprehensive range of courses for engineering professionals at its Reading Office. Here is a list of upcoming events. Follow the links to find out more and book your place. The EEF also offers tailored courses which can be delivered at your location. More information can be found here www.eef.org.uk/training  for the full range of training the EEF can offer.

Coaching Skills for Managers LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

29 March

Members £255 | Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day highly practical course will prepare managers and leaders to use a range of styles to support and develop their people for higher performance and productivity. The models and skills learnt at this workshop can be applied formally and informally in a wide range of workplace situations to support a culture of continuous improvement. By developing effective coaching skills, delegates will develop an effective method of developing individuals and teams to raise confidence and competence in the workplace.  

Train The Trainer

12/13 April

Members £595|Non Members £695 +VAT

This two-day practical course will benefit individuals who need to design and deliver interactive workplace training sessions to groups of learners. It is aimed at managers, department heads, supervisors, team leaders and trainers. It will also be useful to those who are responsible for delivering theoretical information and support to groups of people and wish to encourage participation in these training sessions. Numbers are kept low to enable delegates to practice their skills and work on their specific challenges.

Gender pay gap reporting: how to comply

24 April

Half day

Members £245|Non Members £295 +VAT

A step by step guide to how to meet the new legal requirements for reporting your gender pay information. We will tell you how to ensure your organisation is not only compliant but also shown in the best possible light

Handling Discipline and Grievance

27 April

Members £120|Non Members £145 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with disciplinary and grievance issues using informal counselling. Attendees will learn how to resolve low level conduct offences and nip grievances in the bud, in order to avoid matters escalating to a formal level. They will also learn how to tackle more serious disciplinary offences through formal disciplinary action, and how to handle grievances formally and fairly in line with legislation

Handling difficult conversations

16 May

half a day

Members £155|Non Members £175 +VAT

This half-day programme is for line managers, supervisors and HR professionals who have to conduct challenging conversations with staff, perhaps about their behaviour, results, or actions. It will also cover how to handle demanding and testing individuals. This course will equip managers with the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills to engage with people from a productive and focused position

Right Person Right Job: Recruitment and Selection Interviewing

25 May

Members £255|Non Members £299 +VAT

This one-day course provides delegates with the tools to ensure that their recruitment process is thorough, effective, fair and free from discrimination. It is relevant to anyone involved in the recruitment process, who wishes to select the best person for the job and get past stock answers and rehearsed phrases. This course will help delegates to improve their organisation’s substantial return on investment in recruitment – both financially and in management time – by improving processes and practices.

HR Professional Development

12 half days over 12 months dates to be arranged, please contact me to register your interest

Members £1495|Non Members £1795 +VAT

This innovative training programme provides a unique opportunity for HR professionals and managers to increase the depth of their expertise in all key areas of HR and to share knowledge and network with other delegates.  Each session is coordinated and managed by a highly experienced EEF HR adviser with current best practice knowledge gained from delivering practical HR consultancy to a range of clients.  The EEF adviser will act as a mentor to delegates over a 12 month period and monitor progress. The programme is conducted over 12 half-days over a 12 month period. It is delivered through small discussion groups and workshops, ensuring closer tuition to promote personalised, applied learning.

And at a glance:-

The New Team Leader – 14/15 June

Essential Management Skills – 21/22 June

Interpersonal Communications Skills – 29 June

Export payment workshop helps you get it right first time

The falling pound has been good news for exports. But for those venturing into overseas markets for the first time, the subject of obtaining payment and using letters of credit can be bewildering. The sobering fact is that over 75% of first presentations to banks against documentary letters of credit are rejected, resulting in delayed payments to exporters, additional costs and breached delivery deadlines.

letter-of-credit-training

However help is at hand thanks to a workshop being run by Chamber International at Bradford Chamber Business Park on November 9th. The one day workshop covers the 5 main types of payment for exports, from advance payment to open account, including Sight Documentary Collection, Term Documentary Collection and Documentary Letters of Credit. It includes the use of Bills of Exchange with and without documents. This course is suitable for all staff who need to have a clear understanding of the procedures required to ensure payments for goods sold on documentary credit terms. Knowledge and understanding is reinforced through the use of exercises, tips on getting the credit you want and working examples of documentary credits. Essential learning for accounts, export and sales teams.

The course is from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The costs are £295 +VAT for members of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, or £390 +VAT Non-Members. The cost includes lunch and refreshments. To find out more about the course, visit the Chamber International website or to reserve your place,  click here

Protect your innovations and lock out competitors

Marks&Clerk preview edit_tmb Patents and other IP (intellectual property (IP) rights are vital assets which need to be protected, says Northern Manufacturing exhibitor Marks & Clerk. The firms says that to make the most of these rights, a business should follow a carefully planned strategy ensuring that new ideas are identified early on, and that the protection obtained is in tune with the organisation’s commercial objectives.

The firm will be showcasing its services at the show on stand D31, where it will be launching its new Brand Protection Strategy Service. For a special one-off fee of £1,000, plus VAT to start-ups and SME, the firm’s team of specialists will work with you to investigate any existing, brand-related IP you may have and develop a comprehensive report to help you establish a robust brand protection strategy for your business. Experts will be on hand offering complimentary, one-to-one IP session’s to discuss any issues or challenges visitors may have with regard to IP-related matters. There’s also a prize draw to win a “His and Her Hamper” for two courtesy, of Hotel Chocolat.

For those wishing to find out more about the subject of IP protection, Peter Roberts, partner and patent  attorney at Marks & Clerk, will deliver a presentation this afternoon (Wednesday 30th Sept), as part of the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics free technical seminar programme. Peter presents “How to adopt a successful IP strategy to harness your competitive advantage” at 3.10pm (Session 6), where he will provide case study examples from the manufacturing and electronics sector to show what can be done to ensure your R&D spend is not wasted, and how to protect your ideas and inventions from competitors. 

Visit Marks & Clerk at stand D31 or go to http://www.marks-clerk.com/ Pre-booking for the seminar session is strongly advised – go to the Seminar page at www.industrynorth.co.uk to reserve your free place.

High Temperature Electronics Manufacturing Webinar

Bob Willis at Southern Electronics_tmb Visitors to Southern Electronics will be very familiar with Bob Willis through his excellent free technical seminar presentations.

On Wednesday 27th November 2.00 – 5.00pm UK Time, Bob and a host of expert speakers will be running a High Temperature Electronics Manufacturing webinar, covering numerous aspects of high temperature production techniques.

Bob Willis introduces the webinar below:

 

When we start to talk about high temperature electronics it’s not the solder it’s all of the parts that make up an electronics product. Substrates, components, connectors, cables, solder and assembly process need to be examined. Working at high temperature means between 150-200C, however, there are many applications that have to work at much higher levels, up to 300C. Typically the industries affected by these hostile working conditions include, aerospace, automotive, petrochemical and military

This online technical webinar will be held on between 2.00–5.00pm UK Time. By booking one place one or a group of engineers in a conference room can participate in this event making it an extremely cost effective educational session

Speakers may include:
Finbarr Waldron – Tynall National Institute, Ireland
Oil, Gas, Space, Automotive & Military Applications and product requirements
Dr Chris Hunt – National Physical Laboratory
Solder alloys and test techniques
Dennis Price – Merlin Group
PCB substrates and surface finish for high temperature operation
Bob Willis – Chairman
Soldering process options and defect types

Speaker Topics may include Oil, Gas, Space, Automotive & Military Applications; Reference books, specification and standards; Product temperature range; Component compatibility;PCB substrate choices & specifications;Soldering alloy choices; Assembly & soldering options; Reliability Assessment & testing; Final coating or potting options; Failure modes

The seminar will last approximately 3hrs, with different presentations every 30min, including a question and answer session. There is no need to miss any of the speakers as registered delegates can select any of the presentations to watch live on the day or online at their leisure after the event at a time that is convenient to them.
Delegates will also receive a copy of all of the slides presented by the speakers
The seminar will be organised and chaired by Bob Willis who is well known in the industry for running manufacturing workshops at industry events worldwide and regular webinars with NPL, SMART, IPC and SMTA

To find out more and book your place, Click Here For a full listing of all of webinar topics available through www.bobwillis.com and services for defect analysis please Click Here

Cleaning, Conformal Coating & Quality Control Workshop with Bob Willis

Bob Willis at Southern Electronics_tmbPresentations by Bob Willis are among the highlights of a  full day workshop at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The workshop will combine presentations with hands-on sessions on the Centre’s full set of SMT manufacturing equipment. Book now to take advantage of this unique training opportunity combining theory and practical hands on experience, and covering some of the industry’s hottest topics, including:

  • Conformal coating
  • PCB Cleaning 
  • Flux & Component compatibility
  • Coating material and process options
  • Cost & Reliability of coating assemblies
  • Testing & evaluation of coatings
  • Masking options and methods
  • Rework & repair of board assemblies
  • To reserve your place,  Click Here
    Date: Thursday 23 May 2013 Time: 10.00- 16:00
    Location: MTC, Pilot Way ,Ansty Business Park ,Coventry, CV7 9JU
    Cost: £95.00

About the Manufacturing Technology Centre
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) represents a £40.5million publicly funded investment in the future of UK manufacturing. Working together with industrial members, academia and other institutions, the focus is to prove new technologies on an industrial scale. In the electronics sector the MTC’s fully automated, state-of-art printed circuit board assembly facilities are positioned to support electronics companies in driving their outputs to higher levels of quality, delivery and productivity, without compromising production schedules on their own equipment www.the-mtc.org

www.BobwillisOnline.com

Free place on EMC compliance course up for grabs on York EMC stand

Exhibiting for its 4th year at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, York EMC Services will this year be offering one lucky visitor the chance to win a free place on one of its 1 day compliance training workshops*. To find out more, visit the York EMC Services stand, H63.

Classroom-based courses are combined with hands-on sessionsMore information on the firm’s training portfolio, including its 1 day workshops, can be found at www.yorkemc.co.uk/training.

In addition, Nick Wainwright, York EMC’s  Chief Operating Officer, will be speaking as part of the free technical seminars on Day 1.  The title of his presentation, "Administrative Compliance – Your Achilles Heel?" will contain examples and tips to help you avoid your products being non-compliant because of inadequate documentation.

 *Conditions apply