Recycling Technologies anchor employer of the Swindon & Wiltshire Institute of Technology

Swindon, June 01, 2021

Recycling Technologies Ltd (‘Recycling Technologies’), an innovative plastic recycling technology provider, listed as one of the top 50 companies to work for in the south-west, announces the launch of the Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (IoT) in partnership with New College Swindon, other academic partners, and local employers. In September 2019, the Department of Education announced that the Swindon and Wiltshire IoT had been selected as one of 12 new employer-led, higher level technical education centres. Courses at the IoT will officially start from September 2021.

The IoT is a region-wide collaboration project between employer anchor partners and stakeholders will provide an opportunity to achieve a higher education qualification, degree level apprenticeships and provide training which will play an important role in developing and attracting new business opportunities. Education and training which will easily translate into local employment opportunities in advanced manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital industries will be offered as part of this collaboration. The focus on the delivery of STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects for early-stage career training and for upskilling and retraining people in the region will foster local economic growth.

Some of the anchor employers involved in the Swindon and Wilshire IoT, alongside Recycling Technologies, are the BMW Group and Nationwide Building Society.

Recycling Technologies, as one of the anchor partners, will participate in the IoT’s steering committee and help guide key decisions. The company will contribute to the curriculum to ensure it is relevant and vocational to equip students with the skills to join technology led engineering businesses. It will also assist the training of students for employment in green technology, environmental and sustainability activities, and the circular economy. 

Penny Grobler, HR director of Recycling Technologies says “We are excited to be an anchor employer for the Swindon and Wiltshire IoT. As a fast-growing technology company constantly looking to employ people with new technical skills the IoT will be a perfect place to recruit apprentices and upskill our current employees. In 2020 we hired 7 apprentices from Honda following the announcement of the Honda site closure.  Since then, we have worked closely with New College Swindon to provide these apprentices with valuable academic qualifications coupled with practical business experience. The creation of a local IoT will only allow us to work more closely with New College Swindon to foster future growth and opportunities for local employment and accessible higher education.

We are currently focusing our efforts with New College Swindon on the Institute’s opening and we would like to encourage everyone to have a look at the website www.sawiot.ac.uk for more information on the courses launching in September. We have always received great support from the local community, and we are looking forward to creating even more local employment opportunities in Swindon.”

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About Recycling Technologies

UK-based Recycling Technologies Ltd is on a mission to accelerate the evolution of plastic into a more sustainable material. Currently, 88% of the plastic used in the world is either buried, burned, or leaked into the environment1. This means that the world recycles only 12% of the 359 million tonnes of plastic produced each year2.  Recycling Technologies, a research, engineering, and manufacturing company, has developed innovative technologies to turn hard-to-recycle plastic waste including polystyrene and flexible packaging into feedstocks for new plastic production. Our first commercial product, the RT7000, is modular and small-scale, designed to fit easily onto existing waste treatment and recycling sites, providing a scalable solution to recycle waste plastic anywhere in the world.For further information, please visit www.recyclingtechnologies.co.uk

1McKinsey&Co – How plastics-waste recycling could transform the chemical industry
2Plastics Europe – Plastics the facts 2019

Recycling Technologies contacts

Lisa Zafferani
Marketing & Communication Manager
tel. +44 1793827965

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