Farrat help 30 grads prepare for their IStructE CM Exam at UoB

Farrat Technical Director for Structural Thermal Break Connections, Stephen Blundell, will be helping 30 grads prepare for their IStructE CM exam by leading a preparation session at the University of Bolton (UoB) on the 18th January.

The prep course is a day long mock exam where candidates are given the opportunity under exam conditions to take a recent exam (generally, the previous year’s exam).

Opportunity will later be given for peer marking and discussion of the mock exam scripts (or other scripts brought to the session).

The IStructE CM exam is a notoriously difficult exam and has a worldwide pass rate hovering just above 30%, however the pass rate for engineers from the IStructE CM Prep course over the last three years has hovered between 50% and 60%.

Session leaders throughout the course period, which runs until March 2017, will include: Jonathan Haynes, University of Salford (JH), Stephen Blundell, Farrat Isolevel (SB), Walter Swann, Tata Steel (WS), Neil Logan, Logan Consulting Engineers (NL), Dave Leung, Lancashire County Council (DL), Philip Powell, Laing O’Rourke (PP),  Les Jones, Curtins (LJ),  Andrew Wilson, GHA Livigunn (AW) and Gareth Whittleston.

For more information on the Preperation Exam, visit: http://goo.gl/aFRt70

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Farrat Christmas Donations

This Christmas, instead of sending Christmas cards, Farrat have decided to give it’s staff the opportunity to donate £100 each to charity as an extra special seasons greetings!

Employees each gave their £100 to 1 of 5 charities, including; NSPCC, Shelter, G-Force, Cancer Research UK and Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

Each of the five charities were shortlisted from a pool of nominations submitted by everyone at Farrat, resulting in over £3,000 being donated across both local and national organisations that provide support, information and services to vulnerable children and adults across the UK.

Since the Christmas donations were sent just days ago, Farrat have already received messages of thanks and surprise from the recipient charities, with one local charity (G-Force – a community charity in Altrincham where Farrat is based) even turning up to the Farrat HQ with some Christmas treats for the team to show their appreciation.

Tina from G-Force (2nd on right), commented how shocked they were to receive a donation from a local company and how important it is to them that the local community continue to work together to provide support services to children and young adults.

“As a community focussed charity, it really means a lot to us to receive support from such a local business – especially at Christmas. We can’t thank Farrat enough and hope to work with you next year on local fundraising initiatives”.

Farrat are delighted to have spread a little joy this Christmas!

For more information on any of the charities selected for Farrat donation, please visit the specific organisation website.

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Careers in Acoustics Talk with University of Salford Undergrads

University of Salford Last week Farrat’s Technical Director of Non-Structural Vibration Isolation, Ryan Arbabi, visited the University of Salford to discuss rewarding careers in Acoustics with 1st year undergraduates. 

The vibration control presentation delivered by Ryan covered; why vibration control (isolation) is necessary, what/where to typically Isolate, Vibration Isolation theory, different types of vibration isolation, alongside a showcase of high calibre project examples  as an introduction to a career in Acoustics & to promote our current openings for 2x KTP Research and Development Engineers.

Farrat received great feedback from all the attendees, with most of the students showing interest in an apprenticeship within Farrat with the scope to produce experimental data to be included into research studies.

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STEM Ambassador Recognition

STEM Ambassador CertificateCongratulations to CEO Oliver Farrell who earlier this week received a certificate of recognition for his efforts as a STEM Ambassador across the 2015/2016 academic year.

The certificate recognises Oliver’s dedication to the programme, working closely with STEM on behalf of Farrat to ensure that every young person across the UK has the opportunity to understand the possibilities that science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies and careers can provide.

The impact of the STEM Ambassadors programme is immense – evidence shows that it not only helps young people achieve their full potential in STEM, but also has positive impacts for teachers and other educators as well as individual STEM Ambassadors and employers who support them.

STEM Ambassador’s truly make a difference to young people as well as being part of a UK-wide community of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers.

Since the programme began, STEM Ambassadors have worked with over 94% of UK secondary schools and nearly one in five UK primary schools. STEM now want to build on this further, including engaging with young people and their influencers through a wider range of community and youth groups – ensuring that young people, regardless of background, can see and be encouraged in the possibilities open to them through STEM.

To become a STEM Ambassador Register here, or visit www.stemnet.org.uk for more information.

Farrat CEO is elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

CEO Oliver is elected as FIMECHECongratulations to Farrat CEO Oliver Farrell, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMECHE).

Becoming a Fellow is recognition of a professional engineer working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the highest level of membership and demonstrates wealth of experience, commitment and extraordinary contribution to engineering.

For more information on IMECHE Membership, please visit the Institute of Mechanical Engineers official website: www.imeche.org

Official Trafford Fab Lab Opening in Altrincham

Farrat attend the Trafford Fab Lab opening in AltrinchamToday Farrat attend the Trafford Fab Lab official opening in Altrincham – a collaboration between Trafford Council, Trafford College and the Manchester-based Manufacturing Institute.

Fab Labs were set up to inspire people to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology. Farrat strongly believe in supporting UK Manufacturing and are pleased to work with the Manufacturing Institute to promote the facility within the local community.

Neville Chamberlain, Chairman of the Manufacturing Institute said: “Fab Labs go right to the heart of our mission – to support manufacturing. Altrincham is the perfect spot for a Fab Lab.

“We’re right in the middle of the town centre, with great public transport links, and we have the fantastic support of our partners Trafford Council and Trafford College. We look forward to making this Fab Lab a special success. ”

Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council, alo added: “I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the new Trafford Fab Lab which is an excellent example of partnership working between the Council, Manufacturing Institute and Trafford College.

“Trafford Fab Lab will be accessible to all residents young and old and local businesses to encourage entrepreneurship and the growth and development of manufacturing skills. Trafford Fab Lab has got off to a great start and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength. ”

If you wish to get involved with Trafford Fab Lab, contact 0161 928 0809 or email hello@fablabaltrincham.co.uk.



Farrat’s Mission to Engage, Inspire & Educate

Engage, Inspire, Educate

We believe it is never too early to Engage, Inspire & Educate young people in UK Manufacturing and Engineering.

That is why this year, Farrat have been working closely with the IMechE, IStructE, EDT and the Manufacturing Institute alongside others, to develop various STEM initiatives within the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area.

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of our most engaging educational and work experience campaigns ahead of Tomorrow Engineers Week #TEWeek16 (7-11th Nov) and the STEM Inspiration Awards 2016 (24th Nov).

To follow our STEM stories, join us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Farrat’s Quick Guide to Wedgemounts as levelling mounts with anti-vibration variants.

How to select WedgemountsHigh quality wedge levelling mounts are the ideal solution for accurate, adaptable and economical machine installations for a variety of machinery and equipment.

If you are relocating existing machinery, are a machine manufacturer, or simply require a better solution for your existing installation, our quick-read SlideShare guide on LinkedIn will help you select the type of mount suitable.

For a more specified levelling mount selection, you can download the new Wedgemount brochure here or discover the product range.



Farrat help Our Futures to support over 3,000 students with valuable work experience placements

Farrat, together with Our Futures, have helped support over 3000 14-19 year old students from local schools and colleges so far this year by providing valuable industry Work Experience placements.

Our Futures is a local Greater Manchester business, which prides itself on developing sustainable relationships between business and education and Farrat are both proud and encouraged that our workplace support has enriched this service by providing tangible, hands-on experience for those looking to explore careers in manufacturing, engineering and design.

Farrat believe that work placements provide an invaluable opportunity for students to work alongside and observe experienced, skilled and qualified staff who can give them a better understanding of the world of work and in turn, for the students to further develop their own employability skills.

Our Futures Certificate