Teenage kicks - first career steps for tomorrow's engineers

Teenage kicks - first career steps for tomorrow's engineers

Date: Monday 4 September 2017

News Teenage kicks - first career steps for tomorrow's engineers

The next crop of future engineers took their first steps into the industry today as the Manufacturing Technology Centre welcomed its newest intake of apprentices.

A total of 42 teenagers commenced their three-year apprenticeship, which included five young women – the highest number of females since the programme was launched in 2010. The appeal and awareness of the programme has grown significantly as this year saw the highest number of applications to join the scheme.

These wannabe engineers will be schooled in the latest technologies, including metrology, advanced CNC machining and intelligent automation, at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC), and will also undertake a work-based placement after completing the first two years of their three-year programme.

The MTC’s award-winning apprenticeship programme, which is supported by Lloyds Bank, is at the forefront of providing a future skilled workforce for UK industry and has already seen past apprentices enhance the UK’s SME businesses as well as the likes of BAE Systems, Triumph and Autodesk.

Paul Rowlett, managing director of the AMTC, said: “We are really pleased with the quantity and quality of applications for our 2017 apprenticeship intake.

“Today we will see 42 new apprentices start their career in the advanced manufacturing sector and will follow the new Product Design and Development Trailblazer Standard.

“Our apprentices are widely-recognised across the various industry sectors for their skills and knowledge, and we will be giving them a solid base in engineering to enable them to have exciting and rewarding careers.”


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