The Partnership in Automation and Control Training (PACT) was originally formed in 1992. It consists of a consortium of companies and bodies representative of the UK chemicals and process industry. The PACT aims to enable companies in the chemicals and process sector to maintain and improve their competitive edge by creating a supply of personnel who understand and can apply modern automation techniques effectively.

In 2020, the PACT signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lancaster University in which, together, they committed to the delivery of the MSc degree and level 7 apprenticeship in Process Automation (PA7). That MoU underpins the long term provision of and support for the MSc/PA7.


The current PACT members include the following companies:

ABB, AstraZeneca, AVEVA, BP, Emerson, GSK, Honeywell, Sabic, Sellafield LTD, and Worley.

PACT Company Logos

And the following trade bodies:

EEMUA and Gambica