MTC recognised as a top apprentice employer
Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014
The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry has been listed as one of the top apprenticeship employers in the UK, a sought after accolade for the pioneering centre. The announcement was made at The Apprentice Awards at The Skills Show at the NEC.
After a tough selection process, leading UK skills development body City & Guilds has named the MTC as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the country, recognising its success in developing the engineers of the future.
The MTC’s four-year advanced engineering apprenticeship is a flagship course which will go a significant way towards tackling the current engineering skills shortage faced by UK manufacturing.
The City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list is compiled annually. Companies and organisations on the list are selected as having displayed the highest standards of excellence in employing apprentices.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg congratulated the MTC on being named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer.
“This year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers have demonstrated the huge impact on the young people in which they invest, and the many benefits they bring to their organisations. Apprentices help employers develop a skilled and qualified workforce to build a stronger economy, while creating a fairer society where young people can get on and go far in some of Britain’s best companies. I would encourage more businesses across England to follow these shining examples and find out how apprenticeships can build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce.”
Chief executive and director general of City & Guilds, Chris Jones said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers. They should be proud of their role in helping people gain the skills they need to be successful. After all, apprenticeships are a great way for people to earn as they learn, and they bring countless benefits to businesses.”
MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said the centre was honoured to have received such a coveted accolade. He said:
“To be included in this prestigious list is a real achievement and gives formal recognition for our efforts in helping youngsters succeed in their chosen career. Our aim is to make an MTC apprenticeship the gold standard for engineering and manufacturing in the UK.
“MTC apprentices have the opportunity to work in a unique research and development environment, where each day is different and there are real opportunities to work on exciting projects. MTC apprentices are given responsibility in a real business environment from their first day. We have just taken on another 40 apprentices and our aim is to grow this number year on year.”
Earlier this year the MTC announced plans to build an £18 million advanced manufacturing training centre at its Ansty Park headquarters. The new centre will be a flagship facility for an advanced apprenticeship programme and apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, laser machining and welding. They will be able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to get involved in international projects.
The MTC’s apprenticeship scheme has won the praise of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne.
City & Guilds is the leading skills development agency in the UK, offering services to training providers, employees and trainees to meet the needs of the workplace. A City & Guilds qualification is valued by employers all over the world.
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 the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board.)
Pictured: The MTC’s 2014 apprentice intake.