MTC pledges its commitment to apprentices

MTC pledges its commitment to apprentices

Date: Tuesday 14 April 2015

News MTC pledges its commitment to apprentices

Skills development centre signs up to The 5% Club.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry has pledged its commitment to developing a future generation of engineers and giving apprentices and graduates the skills and opportunities to further their careers, by signing up to The 5% Club.

As a member of the club, the MTC is committed to ensuring that at least 5% of its workforce are enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student, or graduate development schemes.

In fact 22% of MTC employees are currently apprentices, graduates or on sponsored (YINI) placements.

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.

The MTC joins a growing number of FTSE listed companies and similar sized 5% Club members striving to redress the chronic skills shortage in the manufacturing industry and developing skills to enable UK businesses to compete in increasingly tough global markets.

MTC chief executive, Dr Clive Hickman, said: 

“We are proud to be a member of The 5% Club. The campaign’s focus on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce mirrors our own mission.
“With around a quarter of our workforce consistently made up of apprentices, graduates and students on structured programmes – all learning in a world-leading environment on ground-breaking programmes in advanced high value manufacturing – we’re already demonstrating our investment in creating industry-ready engineers of the future.”

Steven Gasser, career development manager at the MTC added:

“Nurturing new talent and delivering the skills UK businesses need to compete on a global scale is the priority of our pioneering training programmes at the MTC. Our apprentices have a fantastic opportunity to train with industry experts, equipping them to make a valuable contribution to their future employers’ business – and importantly, economic growth.”

Dr Sam Healy, programme director of The 5% Club said: 

“We are delighted to have the MTC join us in our efforts in driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices and graduates in the UK workforce. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”

A £36 million investment to create a new purpose-built advanced manufacturing training centre is further evidence of the MTC’s commitment to help solve the skills shortages in manufacturing. Forming part of the National Advanced Manufacturing College network, the state-of-the-art training centre will welcome its first cohort of apprentices in September 2015, enabling young engineers to take their first steps to building a career in an exciting, thriving and innovative environment.

The facility is being built next to the pioneering MTC, where students will have unrivalled access to its 80+ industrial members. Here they will be able to gain experience in some of the most exciting advanced manufacturing methods and processes being undertaken anywhere in the world, including intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, robotics, metrology, mechatronics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM).

Students will also have the opportunity to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to undertake international assignments.

The MTC is looking to recruit 40 new apprentices to start in September; applications are invited now as places are quickly filling up.

Anyone interested in joining the MTC’s 2015 apprentice intake should visit www.the-mtc.org/apprenticeships and complete the application form.

Any manufacturing organisation that would benefit from having a highly trained MTC apprentice within their business should contact the MTC to find out how they can access the 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