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Tata Steel employee Lee Morgan has become the first participant to successfully complete two of the METaL Project's new online courses - Corrosion and Coatings Technology, and Manufacturing Technology.
Swansea University's METaL Project provides short, accredited training courses to businesses in the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing sector, with the aim of upskilling the workforce. The project has had to adapt to the challenges brought by Covid-19, transitioning from traditional face-to-face classroom teaching, to an online and interactive format for its courses.
Tata Steel are a global producer of high-quality steel, and prior to Covid-19 the company regularly benefitted from training courses provided by METAL. Lee, a Competence Assessor with Tata Steel, is no stranger to METAL courses having successfully completed a Hot Rolling Fundamentals course in 2017. The difference for Lee this time was that instead of undertaking training in a classroom environment, the entire module was completed online.
With the aim of making online learning a positive and rewarding experience METaL's new courses focus on self-paced learning. Courses are interactive with detailed online content including animations, videos and in-depth voice overs, as well as crucial tutor support via phone and email.
Lee said “I have now undertaken a number of METaL courses and have always found them relevant and useful for my job role. The courses provide me with a deeper understanding of the 'why' behind our processing units when creating and delivering training material, and I now further understand our customers’ needs and uses for our products."
"I was intrigued with the new format of online learning and was curious to see how that would work, but I am always keen to learn and was willing to give it a try. The courses were ideal for me to study at my own pace, and the new online format was great. If required I had access to the course lecturer for guidance, which was really helpful, and there was support available for the online enrolment process. I will take the skills and techniques learned on the courses back to my job role at Tata Steel, as well as using this new knowledge as a foundation for further education. I hope to attend more METAL Project courses in the future.”
Khalil Khan, METAL Project Manager, said, “Tata Steel have been a great supporter and beneficiary for our project. Our move to online teaching has been an exciting and challenging experience but as a team, we are quickly getting into the swing of what this new format requires and how to support our students at this time. Lee is not new to our courses and its brilliant to see him being the first to successfully complete the new Manufacturing Technology course. We look forward to seeing Lee again soon.”