Creating a network of coatings industry ambassadors to engage with schools and universities
The British Coatings Federation has partnered with the Surface Coatings Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and PRA to create a national network of ambassadors for the coatings industry, delivered by Cogent Skills.
The goal is to equip ‘Coatings Ambassadors’ with the skills and materials to run sessions at schools and universities, to explain the contribution the industry makes to the economy and society, as well as the varied roles and opportunities within it.
Following two successful events at the end of 2019, July saw the first virtual Coatings Ambassador training, with a diverse group of attendees from AkzoNobel, BASF, Dacrylate, Imerys, Manchester University and Venator and had an international flavour with delegates joining from Brazil and the USA.
Through the ambassador programme and the Coatings Careers Hub, the BCF’s online forum with vacancies and career resources, it aims to encourage the next generation to see the world of opportunities in the industry.