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Lessons to become plastic fantastic with video

Students are being encouraged to consider plastics recycling as a career by a school curriculum based CD featuring Axion Recycling.

The footage aims to address the current shortage of skilled chemical and polymer engineers in the UK. It shows commercial director Roger Morton explaining recycling and polymerisation at the companys Salford plant.

Morton said: Finding good quality qualified staff is a struggle. Without trained people, research and development progress could be hampered across a number of key sectors, including materials recycling. So showing the real-life applications of science is one way of encouraging students to take an interest in where their qualifications can lead them.

According to figures from charity and information service IChemE, the skills shortage will be most evident in 2011 because of a dip in the number of students applying to study chemical engineering at UK universities in the 1990s.

However, this year IChemE found that higher numbers of students are applying.

Thats good news. But in the short term, it still leaves firms like ours in desperate need of the skills we require to keep up with the pace of change and demand, added Morton. 

Image: Axion Recycling commercial director Roger Morton being interviewed for the video

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