MTC Training launches Graduate Development Programmes

MTC Training launches Graduate Development Programmes

Date: Thursday 18 June 2020

News MTC Training launches Graduate Development Programmes

Fast-tracking graduate engineers’ hands-on manufacturing experience

The award winning MTC Training is launching a range of graduate development programmes, designed to accelerate delegates’ practical experience in a commercial manufacturing environment.

The Graduate boot camps rapidly equip manufacturing graduates, technicians, engineers and managers with the practical tools, skills and understanding to empower them to make a positive contribution to their business as soon as they return to site. The programme is aimed at employees who have recently joined the sector, as well as anyone who would benefit from an intensive hands-on experience or ‘refresher’ of the manufacturing and assembly process and its associated challenges.

The courses have been developed in partnership with industry through a number of pilots to ensure they deliver maximum value both for the learners and their employers. Cameron Ross, engineering director in Group Advanced Manufacturing at Meggitt, said:

Our graduates are from a mixed educational and experience base. The ‘MTC Design-Make Boot Camp’ provides them a terrific experience with real life simulation of a product life cycle. They learn workshop skills, reinforced with teamwork, business operational planning and costing skills and return back into their plants with a more rounded design-make ethos.

The boot camps present a flexible solution that can accommodate each customer’s particular training requirements, location and schedule. Delivered through a combination of face-to-face training, virtual classrooms, self-study, and online learning, the programmes typically last one, two or eight weeks. Businesses also have the option to co-create bespoke solutions to address specific challenges within their graduate workforce.

David Hughes MBE, managing director, Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said the graduate development programme is a key element of MTC Training’s mission to close the skills gap within the manufacturing and engineering sectors, helping to empower industry to improve productivity.

"We are committed to supporting the development of UK manufacturing workforce throughout their entire careers. As we help engineers and technicians stay ahead of the competition by adapting and adopting existing and emerging technologies, we are also working with organisations to create bespoke graduate programmes that build on university qualifications to develop the next generation’s practical skills and applications through hands-on experience."

The courses are delivered through a design and manufacturing project over a number of structured modules, giving the delegates a practical experience of the end-to-end manufacturing process. Elements of the course include design analysis, practical experience in milling, turning and mechanical assembly, and presentation of the final product, business model, cost, and lessons learnt. Extended programmes can also include experience with emerging technologies such as additive manufacture, electro-pneumatics and industrial robot programming to help businesses to future-proof their workforce.

The programme will be delivered from MTC Training’s two centres, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Coventry, and Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS), where MTC partners with UKAEA and STFC to deliver advanced manufacturing apprenticeships at the UKAEA Culham Science Centre.

The next boot camps are scheduled to take place 26th October 2020 and 15th February 2021 at OAS, and 22nd February 2021 at the AMTC.

To find out more or to discuss a tailored programme in line with your graduates’ needs, please contact training@the-mtc.org.


The MTC is an unparalleled environment for a young engineer wishing to break into the industry. The work that we are doing here today will shape the manufacturing industry for years to come. To be part of that is not only exciting but a real privilege.
Dr Clive Hickman
Chief Executive, MTC