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30 years of KTP with SHU

This year Baldwin & Francis celebrate a milestone in investing in people, with our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) now in its 30th year.

Paul Marshall – B&F’s longest established Design & Development Engineer – embarked on his own KTP (then known as ‘Teaching Company Scheme’, or TCS) with SHU in 1985, straight out of university. Since then he has gone on to develop some of B&F’s most prestigious products, continually utilising the knowledge and skills gained from such a close working partnership with SHU.

Paul’s KTP programme centred on the development of ​data transmission from underground mining switchgear. The project’s aim was to standardise control and monitoring systems across the industry. Overall, it was a great success, with Paul designing, coding and testing the software involved, which was then applied in mines throughout the UK.

Following the success of the KTP project, Paul was offered a full ­time role with B&F as Product Development Engineer, beginning a career which has so far spanned 30 years. His responsibilities and achievements have included development of mining electrical switchgear and control systems, variable speed drive (VSD) technology, customer support, and training world-wide. His latest project is the ‘Elite’ 3300 volt high-power VSD – again developed using KTP-derived expertise.

Professionally, Paul achieved Chartered Engineer status in early 2000, and became a full member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now IET) supported by B&F.

Here at Baldwin & Francis, we pride ourselves on offering not only the best quality products, but also on our focused after sales service, which requires only the best people. By investing in schemes such as the Sheffield Hallam KTP we give our employees the tools and opportunities they require to become the best.

Paul isn’t the only one at B&F to have benefited from working with the University. Our engineering team have ongoing KTP programmes with a variety of Universities, including SHU. This allows them to access the broader knowledge, expertise and facilities within the industry to design and develop the most innovative and exciting products on the market. Paul explains…

‘​From my perspective then, my own TCS/KTP served its original purpose of bringing academia and industry a little closer together, and set the scene for future collaborations. Recently, new KTP programmes have started at B&F – this time back again with the original academic partner of my TCS days, Sheffield Hallam University. I look forward to being involved and it’s been a good 30 years.’

For more information on our KTP schemes or any other general enquiries, please contact the team on:

Phone: 0114 286 6000

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