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News: Not­ting­ham College’s EMTEC Cen­tre leads the way for the auto­mo­tive indus­try donat­ing PPE to local hospitals

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The EMTEC Cen­tre, which deliv­ers train­ing for inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned auto­mo­tive brands, closed its doors tem­porar­i­ly to trainees two weeks ago. Since then, staff have packed up over 100 spe­cial­ist face masks and overalls.

Emtec Personal protection equipment stacked up in boxes in the foyer
Over 100 specialist face masks and overalls have been packed up and sent to local hospitals.

The high grade PPE, orig­i­nal­ly designed to offer pro­tec­tion to heat, chem­i­cal con­t­a­m­i­nants and con­tact with cer­tain met­als and mate­ri­als, is some of the best avail­able, and has been deliv­ered to hos­pi­tals local to the Col­lege in the last week. 

EMTEC deliv­ers appren­tice­ship train­ing for brands such as Aston Mar­tin, Fer­rari, KIA Hyundai and Tes­la, plus body repair train­ing for Bent­ley and Aston Mar­tin and many more spe­cial­ist train­ing ser­vices for the auto­mo­tive sec­tor both at home and abroad. Its head­quar­ters and main train­ing cen­tre is locat­ed at Rud­ding­ton Busi­ness Park. 

Ryan Jones is one of the College’s body repair spe­cial­ists work­ing with Aston Mar­tin at the moment. An ex World Skills final­ist, he’s a leader in his field and trains mechan­ics to work on Aston Mar­tin vehi­cles. He has used his con­nec­tions to ensure that NHS front­line work­ers now have access to some of the best high-grade PPE available. 

Ryan explains:

I, like every­body else, was watch­ing the news ear­ly on in this cri­sis, and see­ing the brav­ery of our NHS front­line work­ers, car­ing for extreme­ly sick peo­ple in our hos­pi­tals and in des­per­ate need for pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and equip­ment that can keep them safe. 

I work with some pret­ty high grade PPE in the auto­mo­tive sec­tor. When we closed our doors to trainees a cou­ple of weeks ago I knew that it would be sit­ting there, poten­tial­ly for weeks or even months, and it could be going to much bet­ter use. 

My colleague’s wife is a nurse and she made con­tact with the pro­cure­ment team for Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals Trust. When she pro­vid­ed the spec for the equip­ment, the pro­cure­ment team were astound­ed and explained that it was bet­ter than any­thing they could get. So we’ve since packed up over 100 spe­cial­ist over­alls and face masks and they were deliv­ered to the hos­pi­tals last week.”

Jon Raw­son is Head of Oper­a­tions for EMTEC. He said: 

It was Ryan’s curios­i­ty and ini­tia­tive that secured this impor­tant PPE for NHS work­ers. There isn’t an obvi­ous link between auto­mo­tive and health­care PPE, but actu­al­ly we share the same needs in terms of pro­tect­ing our face, eyes, mouth, nose, skin and hands. We also rely heav­i­ly on sin­gle use cloth­ing and equip­ment to pre­vent harm­ful con­t­a­m­i­nants from endan­ger­ing our staff and trainees, so we knew this would trans­fer well into the health­care sector. 

We would encour­age any auto­mo­tive busi­ness, deal­er­ship or mechan­ic to review what they have and what they can afford to donate.” 

Since this ini­tial dona­tion the Col­lege has donat­ed thou­sands of pairs of gloves and masks from oth­er areas of its cur­ricu­lum, includ­ing hair and beau­ty, engi­neer­ing, cater­ing and hos­pi­tal­i­ty, con­struc­tion, and science. 

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  • 7th April 2020 (4:16 PM)
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