Composites UK reviews the developments of the CAP Scheme

Composites UK launched its Composites Assured Practitioner Scheme (CAP) in January 2015, which is working to produce standardised guidelines by which the competency of employees can be internally assessed across a range of technologies, processes and methodologies. This enables companies to identify skills gaps, develop a training matrix for their staff if required and better match project requirements to workforce capability. This should ultimately lead to reduced scrap rates and reduced costs.

Two companies who have been part of the CAP Scheme, Aim Composites and Aircelle, have given their thoughts on what they’ve achieved so far and the value they feel the scheme will bring to the composites community.

David Howell of Aim said: “Our initial interest was driven by the ability the CAP Scheme would provide with regard to evaluating new applicants, within a standard competence level, prior to employment.”

For an initiative like the CAP Scheme to work, buy-in from employees is imperative and there must be value for the company as a whole. Howell continued; “AIM has opened a training facility on site and appointed a Training Officer as direct progression of the CAP scheme and continue to work even closer with Aircelle.”

Aircelle’s Stephen Dyer said: “The CAP scheme has helped to improve employee engagement, as with a lot of new ideas the scheme was greeted with some trepidation by a few. However as the assessments have been carried out, participants have had the opportunity to display the many talents they possess. The operators seem to appreciate that by becoming CAP accredited they help both themselves and the business to advance.

With regards to customers, both Aim and Aircelle say that the improved operations that the CAP Scheme brings has had a positive effect on customers, who can rely on the proven competence of the workforce to deliver quality, repeatability and on time delivery and that the workforce strives to get it ‘Right First Time’.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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