Courses for D&T Technicians

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Scroll down to see the courses currently available. We offer several courses for D&T technicians including.:

  • Basic maintenance of sewing machines
  • How to use and maintain an overlocker
  • Curriculum based courses to help technicians support the D&T classroom


L Overlocker 6787

Using & Maintaining Your Overlocker
3rd October 2018 9.30am - 4.00pm
Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham, NG1 IEH (see venue)

Teachers are also welcome to attend this course.

Please note: Participants must bring an overlocker to the course. If you do not have an overlocker one overlocker will be available to book in some venues but this must be booked in advance will be on a first come first served basis.

Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (accommodation not included). 
Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course content but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 

Outcomes

On this course you will:

  • learn how to use an overlocker, from the basics of threading and stitching to more advanced use
  • understand how to carry out a very basic service of an overlocker, along with carrying out very basic repairs
  • review the use of overlockers in the department and identify common issues and problems
  • create a basic maintenance programme to maximize the performance and use of overlockers in the department
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Course content

This CPD is aimed both teachers and technicians, looking to maximise their use of an overlocker in the classroom and understand more about their maintenance and safe use.

An overlocker is a specialist piece of textiles equipment that gives a professional quality finish to textiles products, replicating shop bought products. For students, being able to use an overlocker in the classroom is a good way for them to learn about industrial practice, speeding up the manufacture of products and significantly improving the quality and appearance of classroom work.

The day will include:

  • finding out about the different types of overlockers eg 3, 4 and 5 thread
  • how to thread a machine, including tips on quick threading
  • types of stitches an overlocker can do and their uses
  • types of needles and thread used in overlockers
  • the benefits of a differential feed
  • using the overlocker with different types of fabrics
  • common problems when using an overlocker and how to solve them
  • reviewing how an overlocker can be used a classroom with tips on their effective use
  • health and safety when using an overlocker
  • cleaning of visible working components
  • maintenance of bladesminor maintenance of key working parts of the overlocker
  • developing department systems for basic maintenance, looking at common issues and faults that reduce the effectiveness of a machine
  • advice on what to look for when buying a new machine
  • This course is hands on, with participants producing samples to take away with them for the classroom.
  • Participants should note that they will not be stripping down the overlocker and carrying out a full service. If you are interested in sewing machine maintenance, please take a look at our CPD on the basic servicing and maintenance of sewing machines.  


Please note: Participants must bring an overlocker to the course. If you do not have an overlocker one overlocker will be available to book in some venues but this must be booked in advance will be on a first come first served basis.


How to book this course

Click here to book 
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. All bookings are therefore done via the STEM Centre website. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



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Textiles Technician Course: A Guide to the Basic Servicing & Maintenance of Sewing Machines 
17th October 2018, Nottingham

20th November 2018, York

Click here to book Teachers are also welcome to attend this course.

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State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary Award which pays the course fee. Find out more.

This course is led by Coles Sewing Centre along with Paul Boyd

Note this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The course is booked via the STEM Centre website. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 

About this course

Hear Neil from Coles Sewing Centre talking about this course

Sewing machines are a key tool in any textiles department and how well machines are working impacts both on the quality of outcomes students’ produce and the stress levels of the teacher.

The amount, and type, of use machines get in a school environment means it is important regular maintenance and servicing takes place but this can be expensive. There are less and less companies available to carry out this type of servicing which can make finding a reliable and reasonably priced company a challenge. In addition, a department may have to save machines that aren’t working until there are several to make it worth while getting them repaired, all of which impacts on the classroom and learning with machines being out of action.

How would you like to save money on your sewing machine servicing, both in terms of reducing the frequency of servicing, along with reducing costs of servicing itself?

Did you know you can take two sewing machines that don’t work and create one that does, just with a little bit of knowledge about how machines work? 

Did you know that you should lift the presser foot when you thread the needle as this makes the thread sit correctly between the tension dials and makes it less likely you will get a bird’s nest of clogged thread at the beginning of your sewing?

Have you ever spent ages changing needles, threads and the tension trying to work out why a machine is skipping stitches? Did you know that if the metal surface of the hook where the bobbin sits inside your sewing machine is even slightly scratched it can prevent stitches forming correctly?

All of these things, as well as much more will be will be covered on the textiles technician course including electrical safety, dust control, guidance on risk assessment as well as how to use any funding for new machines in the best way. No previous experience is necessary and technicians will return to their schools confident about making a start straight away back in school both in terms of servicing machines, as well as with day to day maintenance and trouble shooting in between services. There will be a range of supporting resources included as part of the course including all of the tools and equipment needed to get started.

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As part of the course delegates will strip down a sewing machine so delegates are encouraged to bring along a machine from their department in order for the day to be personalized to their school’s needs. The course content is relevant to any brand of sewing machine. Note this course is a basic introduction to servicing and basic repair and maintenance of a sewing machine. Departments will still need a full service programme for their machines but regular maintenance has the potential to reduce these costs significantly. 

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What delegates say about this course: 

Well structured course, good pace, very informative & interesting, good demonstrations with advice

The practical strip down of the machines was very useful as this showed me how I can fix and service machines at our school in a comprehensive way

I found all of the sessions useful as I had very limited knowledge to begin with

I have more confidence and know how to carry out basic servicing of a sewing machine. I am looking forward to putting this into practice in my school. 

I feel confident that I can maintain the school sewing machines to a much higher standard than I previously could, and I am happy that I will be able to repair some currently broken machines. 

I feel more confident with the technical aspects of maintaining the sewing machines for my faculty and being able to create and follow a service schedule, as well as being able to advise textiles teachers and my HOF about requirements for servicing including more educated future purchase advice. 

A well thought out day full of advice and learning catering for all levels of previous knowledge.

Teaching staff were very knowledgeable.

I found the course to be excellent, relevant and very enjoyable.  Bringing a school machine meant that I was able to hit the ground running when I got back to school. 


How to book this course

Click here to book 
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. All bookings are therefore done via the STEM Centre website. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 


 

Technicians Supporting the New Design & Technology GCSE 
8th & 9th Nov 2018 (2 day residential) 
National STEM Learning Centre, York
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

(Note that we are delivering part of day 1 only. Click on the link above to visit the STEM Centre website for full details of both days).

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary Award which pays the course fee. Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course content for day 1 but enquiries about day 2, the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 

Outcomes

  • understand the key changes to the design and technology GCSE curriculum
  • learn how technicians can support teachers to adapt to the curriculum changes
  • explore technology and materials that can support the new D&T GCSE


Content

This two day course will help technicians to support their department in the delivery of the new design and technology GCSE, ready for first teaching from September 2017. Note that we are contributing to the first day only. The content of our day will look at the key changes to the design and technology GCSE specifications and the role technicians have in implementing and supporting these changes. The day will include some practical work as well as work looking at the specifications more generally. 

Visit the STEM Centre website to find out more (note we're not delivering day 2)


How to book this course

Book this course
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



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