Calling all aspiring engineers

Calling all aspiring engineers

Date: Monday 22 February 2016

News Calling all aspiring engineers

Explore opportunities in engineering at AMTC open evenings

Young people and their families from across the West Midlands are invited to come along to an open evening at the MTC’s recently opened Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) to discover the wide range of opportunities an apprenticeship in engineering can offer.

The evenings of information and fact-finding will give visitors a chance to meet current apprentices and hear their experiences of training at the centre, as well as see demonstrations of some of the skills they’re learning using the latest technology and equipment invested in the workshops.

The purpose-built facility - based on the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) campus at Ansty Park near Coventry – has been specially built to provide premium training for the next generation of engineers and technicians.

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. Apprentices at the AMTC are already winning awards and competitions with their work. From revamping Mini cars for an ‘Italian Job’ race through Europe, to a project to design a habitation module for manufacturing on the moon; AMTC’s apprentice engineers are showcasing their skills in tasks that demonstrate just how diverse, creative and rewarding engineering can be. 

At the official opening by Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, the AMTC and its apprenticeships were praised 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 the ‘Manufacturing on the Moon’ competition.

"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."
"The facilities at the centre enable us to work with the latest technology and equipment and we get great support and expert advice from the many specialist engineers and industry professionals based here,” she said. “This helps us expand our own knowledge and confidence. 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 three 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

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, including 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, so there are great opportunities for our apprentices to move into secure, well-paid jobs with excellent career prospects" said AMTC managing director, Paul Rowlett.
"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)
  • Thursday 31st March (5.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Thursday 28th April (5.30pm – 7.30pm)
  • Thursday 26th May (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.

I was very impressed with the whole experience working with Steve and Dave.
They came onsite, listened and then saw the problems we were having with our process. We explained how we wanted the process improved and they delivered with a number of solutions.
I cannot fault their commitment, brilliant work for the Brilliant Factories project.

Chris Gray
GE Oil & Gas