Manufacturing Technology Centre looks to place apprentices

Manufacturing Technology Centre looks to place apprentices

Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018

News Manufacturing Technology Centre looks to place apprentices

MTC is offering "gold standard" apprentices for levy-paying companies

The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is looking for Apprenticeship Levy-paying companies to take on 60 of the centre's "gold standard" apprentices from next year's intake.

The MTC is offering manufacturers the chance to use their Apprenticeship Levy to fund engineering apprentices who will get training in product design and development, including the latest emerging manufacturing technologies in the MTC's industry-leading Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, supported by Lloyds Bank.

The apprentices will begin in September, and will be based at the AMTC for their first year, with secondments to their host employer. The apprentices will spend the next two years with the host employer, with block release courses delivered at the AMTC.

Colin Bancroft, the MTC's apprentice placement leader, said the apprentices on the MTC's programme received a very high standard of training in manufacturing and engineering, using the AMTC's cutting-edge equipment.

"AMTC apprentices really are the 'gold standard', and are exactly what the manufacturing industry needs to fill the high-tech jobs of the future. Our apprenticeship courses have the advantage of not being company-specific or sector-specific, so the result is a fully-rounded apprentice capable of filling the most demanding of manufacturing and engineering positions," he said. 

He added,
"The MTC's future-focused world leading apprenticeship skills and development programmes allow employers to maximise their levy spend, giving a genuine return on investment and business impact, while ensuring they become increasingly globally competitive. Our apprentices are trained, not just in basic engineering skills, but also in advanced technologies, while developing professional practices and behaviour expected of a young engineer of the future."

The MTC is looking to recruit 96 apprentices in September, with plans to triple that number by 2020. 

Dave Atkinson, UK head of manufacturing, SME & MM commercial banking, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Supporting the manufacturing sector through apprenticeships is vital to deliver much-needed skills and technologies of the future. That’s why we’re proud to support the AMTC as part of our ambition to Help Britain Prosper so that young people and the manufacturing industry can benefit from state of the art training and expertise.”

Companies interested in partnering the MTC by taking on one or more apprentices can get more information from Colin Bancroft on 02476 701554 or email  

The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

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