The UK used to be well-served with dedicated specific educational opportunities for the Paper Industry:
Bury had been one of the centres of papermaking in the North-West since the nineteenth century, and the local college was a focus for training in papermaking, until it ceased offering its well-respected HNC in 2010.
City & Guilds
Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Paper Technology ended in the late 1990s.
Mid Kent College
Kent was another of the main centres of paper manufacture, and had been since the craft came to the UK in the fifteenth century. Local education on the subject centred in recent years at this college, but the HNC ceased around 2002.
Robert Gordon University
Training in Paper Technology in Scotland was concentrated at this well-known and respected university, until around the turn of the millennium.
University of Manchester (previously UMIST)
Paper Science as a separate undergraduate and postgraduate course, which started in 1903, was merged with Textiles in 2003. A year later the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and Victoria University of Manchester were unified. Since then the Corrosion and Protection Centre (UMIST), the Manchester Materials Science Centre (UMIST/VUM) and the Department of Textiles and Paper (UMIST) were fused synergistically to become the new School of Materials. Students can take a supplementary course on paper science, but it is no longer offered as a stand-alone course.
With the loss of these different establishments and qualifications, the UK lost specialist training that spanned the whole gamut, from post-secondary level to postgraduate. By 2011 the situation had become so serious that PITA organised a one-day workshop with Proskills - the Sector Skills Council responsible for the paper industry at that time. The report on this workshop (see link below) concluded the situation was sub-optimal, and that more specialist training, in particular that covering the higher levels of skill, was required.