MTC open evenings to inspire new generation of engineers

MTC open evenings to inspire new generation of engineers

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015

News MTC open evenings to inspire new generation of engineers

Meet apprentices looking forward to a successful career in engineering

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Warwickshire, is opening its doors to local young people, their parents, teachers and careers advisors in a series of open evenings designed to inspire a new generation of engineers.

This year’s events will showcase some of the ground-breaking work apprentices are involved in. Visitors will be able to meet current apprentices and those who have successfully completed apprenticeships at the MTC and to discuss the range of opportunities the programmes open up to them.

“Our open evenings are a great opportunity for everyone to see just how varied, exciting, dynamic and diverse engineering can be,” said Tim Kyte, apprentice training manager at the MTC. “Potential apprentices can gain an insight into our training programmes and the various options available for moving into industry or for furthering study. Apprenticeships offer an attractive alternative for all, enabling potential apprentices to develop skills needed by industry, all while being paid.”

Engineering skills are vital to driving the UK economy and ensuring that businesses are equipped to compete on a global scale.

“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,” added Tim.

With women accounting for just 8.7% of professional engineers in the UK1, attracting females into the field of engineering has traditionally been a major challenge for British industry. The MTC has always been proactive in recruiting women; the centre has a higher than average percentage of female engineers across the business, as well as female apprentices.

Georgina Oag, a final 4th year apprentice at the MTC was last year honoured with Warwickshire College’s Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award after working on several major cutting-edge MTC projects. The MTC works closely with Warwickshire College and other providers to develop the training and development of future engineers.

Georgina, 21, had secured a university place to study accounting and finance, but the promise of a career in manufacturing at the MTC held greater appeal. She signed up to the MTC’s fast-growing advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme and now plans a long term career in engineering.

Georgina said:

“It’s amazing to work in a brand new facility, especially such a unique research and development environment. Each day is different and there are real opportunities to work on exciting projects. I was given responsibility in a real business environment from day one, which really boosted my confidence. I feel like I make a real contribution to the organisation and I’m a key part of the team,” she said.

The MTC is recruiting 40 apprentices to start in September 2015. This year’s recruits will be the first to benefit from the excellent facilities provided in the brand new £36 million advanced manufacturing training centre, which will be a hub of the National College for Advanced Manufacturing.

As manufacturing technology advances, the centre will develop the abilities and knowledge required to strengthen the skills supply chain and meet the challenges faced by the sector.

Apprentices will develop skills and confidence in areas that underpin high value manufacturing, such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, robotics, metrology, mechatronics, computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided machining (CAM). They will be able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to undertake international assignments.

As part of their training, apprentices will have unrivalled access to gain experience from the 80+ members of the purpose-built MTC, home to some of the most exciting research into advanced manufacturing methods and processes being undertaken anywhere in the world.

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. It was recently 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 four-year apprentice programme.

MTC’s courses are setting the standard as the future of advanced manufacturing apprenticeships.

To find out more, please come along to an open evening. These will be held on:

  • Wednesday and Thursday May 13th and 14th, (6pm – 7.30pm)
  • Thursday 25th June (6pm – 7.30pm)
  • Thursday 9th July (6pm – 7.30pm)

Anyone interested should email for more information

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 MTC 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