Dr Steve Mann was first involved in the paper industry in 1978 while working for a chemical supplier. He has a degree in Chemistry, a PhD in papermaking and is an accredited training provider with the national skills academy.

On the practical side, Steve worked for Robert Fletcher's paper mill in Greenfield for six years, where he was technical/quality manager, after which he worked for a chemical supplier running trials in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and the Far East.

PaperClassroom was set up to deliver commercial training in 2006 and the number of training days delivered has grown consistently every year, from 13 in 2006 to 86 in 2010. This is thanks to new clients building onto a growing, loyal, clientbase of repeat business.

Although Steve's training base is the UK, he has also delivered training in Bulgaria, Germany, India, Indonesis, Pakistan, and South Africa.

In the UK Steve has been a guest lecturer at UMIST's Department of Paper Science, and at Lancashire Polytechnic. As head of department at Bury College, Steve taught the HNC Papermaking course along with the City and Guilds courses. He was commissioned by the CPI to write the learning material for the Level 2 and Level 3 courses which later replaced the City and Guilds. Currently he has been heavily involved in developing the new Level 2 and Level 2 Certificates.

The On behalf of TWA People Development, Steve delivers the papermaking content of the Machineman Development Course, and on behalf of Paper Technics he delivers the 2-day Orientation Course in Papermaking and the 1-day Orientation Course in Paper Chemistry.

Steve delivers learning material to support the new Level 2 and Level 3 syllabus, bespoke courses to fit your organisation or you can design your own course in conjunction with PaperClassroom from their new MIX-and-MATCH format.

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Please visit the PaperClassroom website. It is a free resource where you can print off factsheets and test yourself with on-line quizzes, without any need to enrol, register, or provide any form of email or identification.

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This website is intended to be a portal to trainers and training organisations, and not a resource in its own right. The idea of the paper training group was born out of the Proskills meeting in Birmingham in March 2011.A theme that ran through the comments from the audience was - we don't know what is available or where to get it! .


For course details, special requests or further infomation, then please email any of the people below. We are here to help.

Steve Mann For PaperClassroom
Graham Toft For Papertechnics
Tim Watts For TWA People Development
Kate Leach For MILS Processes
Jim Reeves For Jim Reeves Safety & Training Consultancy Ltd