MTC to train apprentices in atomic energy joint venture

MTC to train apprentices in atomic energy joint venture

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018

News MTC to train apprentices in atomic energy joint venture

The Manufacturing Technology Centre is teaming up with the UK Atomic Energy Authority to train hundreds of apprentices in a new training academy in Oxfordshire.

UKAEA has partnered with the Science and Technology Facilities Council to form Oxfordshire Advanced Skills to increase the amount of trained technicians available to local employers in the county - one of the UK's high-tech hotspots.

Work has begun on a new 3,800 sq metre training academy at UKAEA's site at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon. The centre will equip 350 apprentices a year with badly needed technical skills for the local economy.

Training at the new facility will be delivered by the MTC, replicating the industry-leading Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre on the MTC campus at Ansty Park, Coventry. The AMTC has built a rapid reputation for equipping apprentices not only with core engineering skills but also the latest advanced manufacturing techniques.

The new centre will be equipped with industry-standard equipment covering a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines. The first intake of apprentices will move into the new building in September next year.

Paul Rowlett, managing director of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said:

“Having an insight into tomorrow’s technology gives us the ability to create training programmes and apprenticeships to equip industry with a capable workforce. We are delighted to be working with UKAEA to deliver the Oxford Advanced Skills training programme. There is a clear synergy and shared vision across both organisations.”

David Martin, the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s chief operating officer – himself a former apprentice - said:

“Oxfordshire is one of Europe’s biggest areas for science and technology, with 10,000 people employed in these industries – four times the national average. We can only sustain this success if we have more skilled young people coming through, and OAS is a vital part of this skills pipeline. In the AMTC we are partnering with one of the UK’s most forward-thinking training organisations. They will give apprentices at OAS access to new technologies and ways of working, ready for the hi-tech industries of the future.”


About the MTC

The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) is established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. The MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies.

About the AMTC

Established in 2015, The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is a state-of-the-art training centre, next to the pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre, designed to help create a new generation of engineers and technicians, equipped with the advanced manufacturing skills of the future. The centre's apprenticeship scheme provides business-ready technicians and engineers for employers eager to grow their businesses and ensure a competitive advantage. AMTC apprentices have received specialist training with the skills to make an immediate difference in their organisation.

About Oxfordshire Advanced Skills

Located at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon, OAS is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The two organisations have a history of apprentice training in science and engineering stretching back more than 70 years. OAS offers training for the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard, designed by employers to give the technical and practical knowledge required to work in the engineering sector. The aim of OAS is to benefit both employers and the apprentices being trained: * Work with employers to meet their specific training needs; * Train work-ready apprentices with the competencies expected in the workplace; * Offer an employer-led, value for money training programme; * Provide technicians to build regional and UK economic growth.

The MTC has fantastic potential to shape the UK’s manufacturing future and I’m proud to be a part of that vision.
Redland Sanders
Research Engineer – Intelligent Automation