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Themis welcome F1 composites engineer to the team

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Mark Webber

Themis at Burnley College are thrilled to welcome industry expert Composites Engineer Mark Webber to their training team.

Mark joins Themis after spending over five years working on composites for crash structures and front wings for Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars at their factory in Modena, Italy. Before this he gained experience designing and making composites for Red Bull’s Formula 1 team, at B.A.R Honda and Alain Prost.

A Blackburn native, Mark’s supercharged career in motorsports began when he became a composites engineer for TVR sports cars in the North West. He has also worked for Ginetta sportscars, creating composites for their Le Mans 24 hour racing cars.

Mark’s sterling industry credentials have already made their mark on the Themis Centre of Engineering Excellence’s composites clean room, which he has already begun to develop with the Engineering team, as they introduce a new layout and plans to create an even more realistic industry-led environment. Mark and the wider team also have big plans – secret plans, for the moment – for ongoing projects using Apprentices’ skills in composite engineering.

Mark said:

“It’s exciting to begin sharing my experience with the composites engineers of tomorrow. Themis already have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to work with in the Centre of Engineering Excellence, so it’s my job now to look at how our training and Apprenticeship programmes can be improved further in the field of composites engineering. It’s a constantly evolving industry and I’m hoping I can show Apprentices in my training sessions the huge range of career possibilities composites engineering can offer.”

Neil Burrows, Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Themis at Burnley College said:

“It is our very great pleasure to welcome Mark to our team. His incredible experience and expertise will ensure our Advanced Engineering Apprentices and employers will receive outstanding training, giving them the best possible opportunity to achieve in their dream careers. I’ve already seen how his enthusiasm for his industry area motivates the Apprentices and employers he works with and I have no doubt that he will help to drive our Engineering team to become one of the best in the country.”

Themis offers Apprenticeships in more than 50 industry areas. New Pharmacy and Science Lab Apprenticeships are now available, as well as Higher and Degree Apprenticeships for upskilling and retraining as well as kick starting your career. Visit www.burnley.ac.uk/themis or call 01282 733005 for more information.

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.