The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry has been as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the UK after a tough selection process.
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.
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.
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 acoveted accolade. “To be included in this prestigious list is areal 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,” he said.
He added: “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 ininternational projects.
The MTC opened in 2011and was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. It 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).