Patrons support new training centre developing manufacturing apprentices

Patrons support new training centre developing manufacturing apprentices

Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015

News Patrons support new training centre developing manufacturing apprentices

Global market leaders support development of world-class skilled engineers

World-leading names in engineering, manufacturing and technology have pledged their support to creating a new generation of highly skilled engineers at the MTC’s Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre near Coventry.

Sharing the vision to inspire Great British manufacturing, the centre’s first four patrons have committed valuable support; ranging from financial and capital investment to providing equipment, technology and experts to develop the future skills needed for UK manufacturing to stay globally competitive.

Bosch Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth is a global market leader in the provision of drive and control technology for industrial and mobile applications, including assembly and gear technology, industrial and mobile hydraulics, tightening and welding technology.

Key account manager, Andrew Minturn, said:

"UK industry needs skilled engineers to innovate, problem-solve and ensure machines and systems continue to work productively and efficiently. Investing in these skills is essential to staying competitive on a global scale.The MTC's Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is the ideal incubator to develop a mixture of academic and practical engineering skills. Developing the next generation of engineers is extremely important to Bosch Rexroth. Innovation and trends from industry are the guiding principles of the company and these guiding principles match the overall vision of the centre. We're proud to support the centre and work together to ensure British industry and its engineers achieve their full potential. We’re confident that the skills learnt here today will drive UK manufacturing in the future."


DMG MORI is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal-cutting machines.

Adding their support as a patron of the MTC’s Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, managing director at DMG MORI UK, Steve Finn, said:

"There's great potential to grow the contribution of manufacturing to the UK's GDP, but we need people to do it. It's all about the people and having the right skills. We recognise the need to encourage young educated talent into our industry and apprenticeships that offer premium quality training and real prospects are an absolute necessity. They need to start with the basic skills and principles, but we have to align their training to what's needed in industry. If we fail to do that, we will fail both trainees and the UK manufacturing sector as a whole. DMG MORI has a rolling programme to make the latest technologies available to ensure training is up to date. It is a privilege to work with this facility and support our future engineers through their apprenticeships. Between us all we can make the difference."

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

As experts in empowering its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, patron Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is being faced with increasingly challenging demands.

Brett Green, sales and marketing director at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, said:

"We're developing the technology to provide solutions for these constantly changing challenges, but unless the skills keep up, we'll be devising technology that no-one's able to use. The investment in new skills is a vital pre-requisite for this country to continue on its trajectory to set new standards in global manufacturing. We're delighted to have the opportunity to support the MTC's Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and enable learners to train on advanced equipment and be able to use the most up-to-date metrology techniques. Careers have to be first and foremost enjoyable. Here trainees can come through the centre and see how their skills and learning are being applied in the real world, which is both inspiring and rewarding."

Siemens UK

Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago and now employs 13,760 people in the UK. As the world’s largest engineering company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle major challenges across manufacturing, energy and infrastructure.

Alan Norbury, Industrial CTO at Siemens UK, said:

"If you look at any great and successful business, it would be based on solid foundations, similarly apprenticeships provide a solid foundation for great and successful careers. I started with Siemens as an apprentice and it gave me an excellent basis for my career journey - I continue to draw on those skills and experiences I've learned throughout my career. The future of British manufacturing lies firmly in the hands of our young talent, and the engineers of the future will need a combination of skills to tackle the nation's much-debated productivity challenge head-on. The MTC's Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is a perfect environment for them to develop those capabilities. Siemens is very proud to support the centre in developing the right skills that we need to make the UK the best in the world in manufacturing."

Paul Rowlett, managing director of the MTC’s Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, added:

"Our patrons are an important driving force behind our training centre. They share our vision of providing world-class training for aspiring engineers and supplying UK manufacturers with skilled people who will help their businesses prosper. They are committed to a brighter future for UK manufacturing and through their support and advocacy we are able to maintain a world-class training facility that will have an impact on UK manufacturing for many years to come. We are extremely grateful to all our patrons for their support and contributions that are making a tangible difference to the skills and knowledge of those who train here, as well as to the wider UK manufacturing industry."

The centre is currently working with a number of other organisations, including Sandvik Coromant, Multipix Imaging and GF Machining Solutions, to expand its portfolio of patrons and would welcome others keen to share their expertise in helping to develop future-skilled engineers. 

If your organisation would like to discuss the opportunities available, please contact Dan Pearson:

Being involved in a team with diverse skills and working on far-reaching projects gives me enthusiasm to come to work and surpass my own personal expectations.

Keith Lorenz
Research Engineer, Net Shape Manufacturing