AMTC open evenings showcase opportunities for aspiring engineers

AMTC open evenings showcase opportunities for aspiring engineers

Date: Monday 25 January 2016

News AMTC open evenings showcase opportunities for aspiring engineers

Meet current apprentices looking forward to an inspiring career in engineering

The MTC’s new Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) at Ansty Park, near Coventry/Rugby is inviting aspiring young engineers to come along to its open evenings to discover just how exciting, diverse and rewarding a career in engineering can be.

School students, parents and teachers are all invited to find out more about the opportunities an apprenticeship at the AMTC can offer; from a range of careers, to further study and academic research.

Visitors to the purpose-built training facility - based on the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) campus - will be able to meet existing apprentices to hear their experiences of training at the centre and see demonstrations of the skills they’re developing using the latest technology and equipment invested in the workshops.

With opportunities to learn with leading experts and prominent academic partners in manufacturing and engineering, AMTC apprentices will become equipped with the skills needed to help British manufacturing stay globally competitive into the future.

With a financial commitment of £5m from Lloyds Bank, the training centre evidences the Bank's commitment to help Britain prosper.  Ensuring that apprentices are fully equipped to enter the workforce as the next generation of world-leading engineers, not only helps tackle the manufacturing sector's skills shortfall, it also reasserts the UK's competitive engineering prowess. There are currently places for 40 new recruits who will follow the 99 apprentices already taking part in the centre’s advanced engineering training programme. Lloyds Bank's contribution will support over 1,000 trainees over time. 

Designed to provide premium training for the next generation of engineers and technicians, the AMTC and its apprenticeships were praised at the official opening by Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, for playing “… a key role in turning young people from across the Midlands into the engineering leaders of the future.”

Kerry Smith is in her second year of the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering. Having moved from retail and deciding university wasn’t for her, she’s had plenty of insight into the diversity of engineering. She is currently working on a project to design a manufacturing habitation module for the Moon.

"You gain so much more by doing an apprenticeship than just by studying" said Kerry. "You get hands-on experience that you need for a successful career in engineering and you're able to develop a lot quicker because you're learning the practical skills needed by this industry.

"It also helps that you get paid throughout your training and studies, rather than starting your career with a huge student loan!"

AMTC apprenticeships enable recruits to gain a solid foundation in engineering skills and confidence in areas that underpin high value manufacturing, focusing on four core disciplines:

  • Intelligent automation technology; including robots, drives and sensor technology
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) including computer aided design (CAD) and advanced 3D printing
  • Metrology – measurement and inspection of materials, products, coordinate measurement machines (CMM) including 3D scanning
  • Joining – materials and techniques in multiple disciplines, including advanced welding, laser cladding and composites

This is backed up by training in project management, team working, and health and safety, which culminates in professional registration with the IMechE as EngTech.

On completion of the programme, AMTC apprentices will gain the following formal qualifications:

  • Level 3 Technical Qualification in Engineering
  • Level 2 PEO Units minimum of 3 (Practical Units)
  • Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Functional Skills in Numeracy / Literacy / ICT
  • Personnel Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, which also includes work-related project training and the opportunity to test and develop their skills in placements with MTC member companies, which include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

After completing the programme and subject to academic achievement, apprentices have the option to progress to degree level education, providing a springboard to an exciting career in a thriving sector.

"Our training courses develop skills that are needed by industry, there are great opportunities for our apprentices to move into secure, well-paid jobs with excellent career prospects" said Tim Kyte, apprentice training manager at the AMTC.

"Our open evenings enable visitors to see just how varied and fulfilling engineering can be. Few other industries promise such strong job opportunities or the chance to be involved in the discovery of new technologies that tackle global issues such as climate change; or that save lives and keep society moving."

The MTC has already won national recognition for its success in developing the engineers of the future and for displaying the highest standards of excellence in employing apprentices. Last year it was named as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the country by leading UK skills development body, City & Guilds, winning praise for its success in tackling the current skills shortage and developing a new generation of engineers with its flagship apprentice programme.

To find out more, please come along to an open evening. 

These will be held on:

Thursday 25th February (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

If you are attending please book in advance via email to with names of attendees. 

Any manufacturing organisation that would benefit from having a highly trained AMTC apprentice within their business should contact Dan Pearson to find out how they can access the MTC’s apprenticeship service.

The MTC facility exudes excellence from the moment you step through the front door.

Steve and his team carry an air of calm and confidence whilst transmitting an absolute passion for what you do.

Best afternoon I’ve spent away from the office for a long, long time.

Send me some boxes to tick, because the visit ticked them all.

Colin St.John
Freefoam Plastics