During 10-12 October 2011, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a convention to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TrainMiC® - a life-long learning programme providing training on chemical measurements to laboratory staff, researchers, teachers, decision-makers and accreditation assessors. In total, about 60 authorised TrainMiC® trainers participated, from 19 countries.
Employers increasingly require laboratory staff to work according to the main international standard used by testing and calibration laboratories, known as ISO/IEC-17025. Both the European Federation of Chemical Industries (CEFIC) and the 'High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Chemicals Industry' have identified training and education as a top strategic initiative.
The Director of the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Prof. Krzysztof Maruszewski, said: "Europe needs laboratory technicians that are highly skilled and trained in the best practices of today's testing laboratories. The TrainMiC® programme is a European success story that has helped over 6500 people – many of them young researchers – to acquire the right skills for the job".
During the meeting, Mrs M. Ni Cheallaigh from DG EAC updated the participants on the implications for life-long learning under the Commission's flagship initiative, 'An agenda for new skills and jobs'. Mr. D. Colombo from DG ENTR presented the recommendations the report of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals industry concerning chemistry and education. Prof R. Salzer, representing the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association, gave a presentation entitled 'Education and Skills for Analytical Sciences'.
The convention was also an opportunity for signing two collaboration agreements: one with the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and one with Centre for Molecular Sciences and Materials (the CCMM) in Lisbon. Through these agreements, experts of these organisations will be involved in teaching activities in the context of TrainMiC® and the programme will be jointly promoted.
Under the TrainMiC® programme, over 6500 people across Europe have received advanced training in chemical measurements and testing. The training is delivered in almost 20 countries by over 80 recognised trainers in 14 languages – and two more are in the pipeline (Russian and French). The TrainMiC® programme is set to grow further, with new national training teams announced for Belarus, Ireland, Lithuania and Belgium.
Overview of programme
- Monday 10 October, Alden Biesen Conference Centre
- 09:00-12:00 - Celebrating 10th anniversary, update and the future
- 13:30-17:15 - Update on content of course material
- Tuesday 11 October, Alden Biesen Conference Centre
- 09:00-17:30 - Roundtable discussion
- Wednesday 12 October, JRC-IRMM, Geel
- 09:00-12:00 - Framing the TrainMiC programme
For more information about the convention, please contact:
Philip Taylor, , Tel.: +32 14 571 605