New Members Corner: BEMA & Fair Train

The GTA England Board were delighted to review and accept two applications for membership at its Board meeting on 3rd June 2015.

BEMA, the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) was founded in 1936 to benefit member companies with mutual help and assistance. Since then the Association has grown considerably and is now a company limited by guarantee but still maintaining the same ethos of common co-operation. BEMA are the largest engineering trade association in the South West of England with members operating as far north as Worcestershire and south to Cornwall, west into South Wales and as far east as Surrey. BEMAs mission statement is “By encouraging trade between our members, promoting their interests to the wider engineering and manufacturing community, and through our hands-on approach in the provision of dedicated advice and training, we aim to strengthen our members’ long-term prospects in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.”

With some 88 members, the Council of7 members has SMEs representation as the majority. The Council decided to offer training to members and from September 2014 a new training facility became operational under the leadership of the Training Director, Ian Mynett. Ian states, “Although with currently 77 Advanced Apprentices, we also offer workforce development service to members that includes a wide range of training and advice on Health & Safety, Employment Law and Management Training as well as specific technical courses. We have ambitious plans to grow; being part of GTA England is seen as a natural evolution of our development”.

Fair Train is the national independent voice of Voluntary and Community Sector employers, existing to improve employment and skills development. We believe in the benefits of workforce development, and that developing skills through work experience should be an opportunity available to all. We are passionate about supporting employers to invest in the development of their workforce and the future generation who will need the skills to strengthen Britain’s civil society and continue to support the sector to make a significant contribution to the UK economy. One of the ways in which we do this, is via the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation, which recognises those organisations, across all sectors, offering good quality work experience programmes, and provides a framework for development to support less experienced organisations to plan run and evaluate high quality work experience programmes. We are excited to become part of the GTA England family, and look forward to working with other GTAs to improve workforce development and add weight to national debate on apprenticeships and all forms of work experience. As part of our membership, we are delighted to offer GTA England members access to free of charge advice and guidance on either an event basis, or as one to one advice surgeries with members, to support them to obtain the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation. Fair Train would also be willing to present at individual GTA events to raise awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience, and the Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation.

Please contact Beth Gardner, CEO on for more information.

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