BMRA launches new training portal – BMRA Academy

The British Metals Recycling Association has launched a new training portal for its members, BMRA Academy.

Provided by service members of the Association, where possible at a special rate to fellow members, all training courses are assessed and validated by the BMRA Education and Training Committee and have appropriate accreditation.

Phase one comprises:

  • Technical competence training.
  • Plant and equipment training.
  • Electric vehicle depollution training.

The Academy also serves as the home for all information related to the Metal Recycling General Operative, the industry’s only level 2, sector-specific apprenticeship, an excellent cost-effective option for hiring and training new employees as well as current staff.

Antonia Grey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs and the Association’s training lead said: “I am proud to see the BMRA Academy go live. While this is only the beginning, I am pleased we can offer members access to fit-for-purpose, high-quality training that is devised for the metals recycling industry.

“Given the current crisis in staff recruitment and retention, offering training to help employee development and progression is a great way to both attract and retain employees. Safer work environments stem from proper, accredited training, which is critical when working in dynamic environments such as metals recycling yards.”

The BMRA would like to thank its Education and Training Committee for all its hard work on this as well as the following phase one training partners: Total Construction Training, Mayer Environmental and Elevate.

If you are a training provider and a member of the BMRA, and you are interested in being listed on the BMRA Academy Portal, please contact Antonia: [email protected]

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Notes for editors:

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) represents the £7.5 billion metals recycling sector, which comprises an estimated 2,500 businesses and employs over 15,000 people. The industry trades and processes 12 million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals every year, including: steel, aluminium and copper. On average, we export between 75%-80% of all scrap arisings in the UK.

Scrap metals are secondary raw materials whose use reduces the demand for precious natural resources needed to make new metal compounds – such as iron ore in steelmaking; nickel in stainless steel; or alumina and bauxite in aluminium smelting.

For example, every tonne of recycled steel saves:

  • 1.5 tonnes of iron ore
  • 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide 
  • 0.5 tonnes of coal
  • 70% of the energy
  • 40% of the water

The figures for aluminium and copper are even more impressive. The recycling of copper requires up to 85% less energy than primary production. Around the world, this saves 40 million tonnes of CO2. Recycling aluminium uses 95% less energy than producing aluminium from raw materials and saves 97% of greenhouse gas emissions produced in the primary production process.

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