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With almost 500 trainees having benefited from this initiative over the past 16 years, we have had the advantage of being able to collate a lot of informative feedback from trainees and employers alike.
For 2020 we/ve decided to shake things up a bit and streamline our basic electroplating course to sharpen its focus, to make it more enjoyable for the trainees and more affordable to the companies that subscribe.
We learned that it is counter-productive to be over ambitious and to cram into a basic course more than is necessary. The original course material was drafted to cover subjects that could have been excluded from an entry level offering. Lectures covering specialised technologies such as polishing, mass finishing and the related machinery would be better placed in follow-on short courses dedicated to these subjects.
Electroplating is a complex subject which requires that trainees are assisted to maintain concentration throughout presentations. Our aim is to maintain lively animated discussion in which particpants are clearly actively engaged. To achieve this objective it is generally agreed that four hours of focused attention is more than enough for a day's study.
So we have made changes that will retain all the important aspects of electroplating from a theoretical and practical point of view, and moved peripheral subjects into other course offerings. This means that we can fit the course into a four day, mornings only format.
We are convinced that the new Electroplating Basics course will meet with approval from the industry at many levels. Maintaining its financial viability while lowering the price to below the rate of the previous offering is surely a win-win outcome. It enables us to continue to offer this important training despite the underlying costs continuing to escalate. Visit the Electplating Training info page for more.
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