MTC proud to pioneer National Apprenticeship Colleges

MTC proud to pioneer National Apprenticeship Colleges

Date: Thursday 11 December 2014

News MTC proud to pioneer National Apprenticeship Colleges

The pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre is proud to be in the vanguard of the National Apprenticeship College programme. The £36million Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre being built next to Coventry’s Manufacturing Technology Centre is the first to adopt the National College approach.

The new centre is being developed at Ansty Park with the support of Lloyds Bank. It will be a hub of the National College of Advanced Manufacturing, along with the expanded AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield. Further High Value Manufacturing training hubs are planned for Darlington and Bristol.

MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said:

“We are proud to be at the forefront of the National Colleges of Advanced Manufacturing. At the MTC we are seeing the development of what will be a flagship training centre for high value manufacturing. As manufacturing technology advances, the centre will develop the skills and knowledge required to meet the challenges faced by the sector.”

The MTC has recently taken on 40 new apprentices employed on the centre’s innovative High Value Manufacturing Technician programme. In recognition of the MTC’s commitment to apprentice training, it was recently named as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in the country.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre will make a significant contribution towards solving the skills shortages which have been prevalent in manufacturing for many years. It has been welcomed by both the Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, welding and laser machining. They will be able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to undertake international assignments.

The training centre is part of an ambitious £90 million expansion plan for the MTC and marks the beginning of a strategy to establish cultural changes in developing skills and processes needed for future manufacturing in the UK.

The MTC opened in 2011 and 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 of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board.)

Hickman added:

“The new training centre will create vital skills, developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technicians. The skills shortage has been an ongoing issue for manufacturing. Many small and medium-sized companies simply cannot afford the four year investment cost of apprentices, and fully skilled workers are attracted by the larger players – often at salaries that smaller companies simply can’t match. Our plan is to help SMEs by offering apprenticeships which are cost-effective and provide tangible value from day one.”

The growth of the Manufacturing Technology Centre has far exceeded expectations, achieving many of its targets five years ahead of schedule. The Centre already has a growing apprenticeship and graduate development scheme which will be enhanced by the new facility.

Pictured: A computer generated image of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre

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