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Virtual training sessions with MMC Hardmetal UK are cutting it for AFRC apprentices

Not letting lockdown get in the way of learning new skills, this week five apprentices at the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) have been put through their paces with virtual training from Tier Two Member MMC Hardmetal UK, part of global company Mitsubishi Materials.

Enhancing the apprentice’s knowledge of drilling, milling and turning using Mitsubishi Materials “DIAEDGE” brand of world leading cutting tools, the virtual training sessions have been provided by MMC Hardmetal UK as part of its membership contribution.

Following successful completion of the training, apprentices Logan Ritchie, Steven McKenna, Christopher McDonald, Calum Boyle and Connor Gordon will have each enhanced their skills on tools and machining methods for cutting metals and components and will be awarded a certificate.

Crawford Cullen, senior manufacturing engineer in the AFRC’s machining and additive manufacturing team said:

This training would usually be delivered on site at the AFRC and we’re pleased that we could continue to upskill our apprentice’s during these challenging times by building on what they have learnt in college with insights from industry experts at MMC Hardmetal UK.”

Speaking about delivering the virtual training Robert Shepherd at MMC Hardmetal UK said: 

Allowing both organisations to continue withour AFRC membership business plan, we were delighted to offer an interactive online training experience for the apprentices. In this changing global environment, we have seen a huge increase in the popularity of online training and conferences and we welcome further opportunities to demonstrate our leading education and products.”

The first ever machining firm to sign up to membership at the AFRC, MMC Hardmetal UK recently renewed its membership after an initial three-year collaboration that has focused on knowledge sharing, product development and machining strategies.