Below you will find links to a range of different organsations that are relevant to castings engineers, listed by topic area:

Apprenticeships and Careers
Tomorrows Engineers: Inspiring you to a career in Engineering
National Apprenticeship Service: Information and listings of all the UK apprenticeships on offer, The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.
Be an Apprentice: Information on what is an apprenticeship and where to start.
Discover Engineering: Careers website for young engineers – Gocracker – aimed at showcasing the best on-line resources and inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.
The Apprentice Opportunity: Guide for employers on apprenticeships – structure, content,costs, benefits etc. Select the employer option and then select ‘apprentices’
Apprentices and Skills TV: A series of short videos for young people and businesses on apprenticeships in engineering by the EEF.
One day in the life of an F1 engineer and mechanic: A 5 minute video on the Auto Channel on the a day with Toyota Panasonic engineer
Why Study Engineering: A look at just what engineers do, from roller coasters to cars, from computer chips to alternative energy sources – shows just why we need engineers. Fantastic! From EngineeringYeah
Castings Industry Information
Foundry Yearbook and Casting Buyers Directory: Listings of all UK foundries and international suppliers to the industry
UK Casting Industry: Information about the UK castings industry and lots of examples of where castings are used as well as facts and figures.
Charities and trusts
The Ironmongers Company: The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
The Charity Commission: The Charity Commission regulates charities in England and Wales and has guidance available via its website.
Tor Lodge and Applecross Trust: Provides grants to individuals for the purpose of training and career development
The Founders Company: The Worshipful Company of Founders
Graduate recruitment and Student placements
Semta Graduate Development Toolkit: Toolkit, with lots of user friendly information, sample letters and links, to help an employer take on a new graduate or student for an internship.
Industry organisations
CAEF: Umbrella organization of the European foundry industry, established in 1953, deals with economic, legal, and social issues. Its membership includes the national foundry associations from 19 European countries
CEMAFON: the European Committee of Manufacturers of Materials and Products for Foundries
EICF: European Investment Casters Federation
FESA: Foundry Equipment Supplies Association – trade association
PMMMA: The Pattern, Model and Mould Manufacturers’ Association, PMMMA – The Trade Association for pattern and toolmakers.
CMF: Cast Metals Federation – the Trade Association for the UK castings industry
WFO: The World Foundry Organization – represents the collective needs and beliefs of the principal representatives of foundry associations of member countries on a global scale.
International Associations
China Foundry Association: China Foundry Association (CFA) is a national non-governmental organization approved by the State Council of P. R. China and registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the Chinese government.
Jobs and Recruitment
de Belder Associates Ltd: An established search & selection recruitment company specialising in all levels of personnel for the global foundry and metals industries.
Foundry Trade Journal: Recruitment advertising for the foundry and related industries.
Journals and Industry Publications
Foundry Trade Journal: ICME’s own publication, free to members, available to subscribers
Castings Buyer: Promoting the use of cast components, Castings Buyer is specifically targeted at end users and customers to the foundry industry.
Living history of the industry
Ironbridge Gorge Museum: 10 museums near Telford celebrating the birth of industry. The museum also has research library.
Regulation of the engineering industry
Engineering Council: The Engineering Council is the regulatory body for the engineering profession in the UK, setting the standard and holding the national registers of 235,000 Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Engineering Technicians (EngTech) and Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTech).
EEF: EEF represents the interests of manufacturing at all levels of government.
Engineering UK: Engineering UK aim is “to promote the vital contribution that scientists, engineers and technologists make to prosperity and quality of life”
EPSRC: Searchable database of all UK Government Funded Research programmes (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Safety, Health and the Environment
HSE: Health and Safety Executive
SHIFT: The Safety & Health in Foundries Targets initiative (SHIFT), dedicated to reducing accident and ill-health rates amongst foundry workers – free advise and support for foundries.
Training, education and careers
Bradford College: provider of courses relevant to the castings industry
Training, Education and Careers
Tips for helping graduates get jobs: Careers advice hub on with articles about the industry and tips for helping graduates get jobs.
Training, education and careers
A guide to registration as a Technician: How to gain professional recognition for your work and experience as a technician in the industry
A guide to CEng Registration: Chartered Engineers – not just for graduates – information on benefits to you and your employer
A guide to IEng Registration: Incorporated Engineers play a vital role in maintaining and managing applications of technology, carrying out design work and technical management – find out more here
Tomorrow’s Engineers: Careers information about engineering, resources and useful contacts. Encouraging youg people to consider a career in enginering.
Institute of Metal Finishing: The IMF covers all aspects of materials surface engineering including plating, PVD coating, chemical etching, paint and powder coating, pre-treatment and post treatment processes.
Training, Education and Careers
Employment of women in STEM: careers advice hub focusing on employment of women in STEM.
Training, education and careers
IOM3: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
University of Birmingham: leading UK teaching and research university for the castings industry, contact Dr Bill (W D) Griffiths, FICME, for more information, Email:
Imperial College London: One of the leading UK teaching and research university for the castings industry.
UKCME: UK Centre for Materials Education, exists to support and promote high quality education in Materials and related disciplines. Based at the University of Liverpool.
UCAS: The full list of courses available in all subject areas, from HNC to Degrees courses
Casting Skills Centre: Part of Castings Technology International – offers technical support, training, research and consultancy
The Birmingham Metallurgical Association: The Birmingham Metallurgical Association is an affiliated society of the Institute of Materials and organises regular technical lectures.