Francesca Andrews is Learning and Development Advisor for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. She joined the Curiosity Connections’ advisory board in 2020 when UWE Bristol partnered with the NCC and other local engineering companies in the new Digital Engineering Technology Innovation Centre (DETI), to inspire the next generation of digitial engineers.
Frankie manages the NCC’s early careers programmes (Graduates, Interns and Apprentices), heads up the STEM programme and co-leads the diversity programme. She recognises that the industry needs to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.
The NCC is a “world-class research centre, where companies of any size and across industry sectors, can access cutting-edge technology and specialist engineers, to drive innovation in the design and manufacture of composites.”
The NC) is one of seven centres that form the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC). It works globally to accelerate the adoption of high-value, sustainable engineering solutions in composites.
Its world-class, open access facilities are based in Bristol, UK – the heartland of Britain’s high tech composite engineering R&D. Its technology innovation centres bring together over 500 composites specialists with cutting-edge digital manufacturing technology for the design and development of new composite products. The NCC specialises in providing industrial solutions all the way from the lab to developing large-scale production.