GQA Qualifications Blog

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Poulten Selfe & Lee Ltd and IPS

Poulten Selfe & Lee Ltd were established in the United Kingdom in 1850 and specialise in viscosity measurement. 
The RHEOTEK range of automatic viscometers are suitable for measuring petroleum liquids, polymers, pulp, cellulose, electrical papers and inks. 
Key applications include: (Petroleum) Aviation jet fuel, diesel, biofuel, residual fuel, new and used lubricants and bitumens.
Principal Locations:
UK (Head Office) - Development, Manufacturing, Calibration, Testing & Glassblowing
USA (RHEOTEK USA) – Sales & Service support.
Denmark (RHEOTEK Nordic) – Sales & Service support Northern Europe/Scandinavia

Poulten Selfe & Lee Ltd recognise that continued success and development rely heavily on the skills of its staff and technicians. Much of the test equipment is produced by hand with exacting standards and takes years of practice and a particular aptitude for the work.
IPS were initially approached to provide advice, guidance and support in the recruitment of glass blowing apprentices.  This quickly extended to delivering work-based learning to the highly competent existing staff. 
Under the direction of IPS Assessor, Lee Harland, PSL employee David Blair (pictured left) is on track to achieve his GQA Level 3 Diploma in Glass Processing in April 2013 and two successfully recruited apprentices will be commencing the GQA Level 2 Certificate in Glass Processing Apprentice Framework in March.  

Joanne Taylor, Manufacturing Section Leader at IPS  International Ltd said:
These are exciting times, with many changes to the perception of training throughout the glass industry.  Companies like Poulten, Selfe & Lee Ltd are keeping vital traditional glass blowing skills alive by investing time and money in developing a younger generation to the trade and IPS feel honored to be a part of this”.
Sean Hayes, GQA External Verifier for IPS added “IPS has under the leadership of Joanne delivered qualifications to the Glass Industries with a real commitment to quality. They pride themselves on building excellent professional working relationships with the Employers they engage with. It’s great to see a Centre embracing the traditional careers as well as the comparatively newer ones”