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Manufacturing Technology Centre seeks 40 apprentices

Apprentices will join the High Value Manufacturing Technician programme

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The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is seeking 40 apprentices for its High Value Manufacturing Technician programme at its new £36 million facility at Ansty Park, Coventry.

Apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas including 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 undertake international assignments.

The MTC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult supported by the Technology Strategy Board, works with global manufacturing companies from multiple sectors. Its research partners include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd.

Clive Hickman, MTC chief executive, said: “The new training centre will create vital skills, developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technicians. 

"The skills shortage has been an ongoing issue for manufacturing. Many small and medium-sized companies simply cannot afford the four year investment costs of apprentices, and fully skilled workers are attracted by the larger players – often at salaries that smaller companies simply can’t match. 

"Our plan is to help SMEs by offering apprenticeships which are cost-effective and provide tangible value from day one.”

The MTC will be holding apprentice open days on 13 and 14 May between 6pm and 8pm. Anyone interested should email apprentice@the-mtc.org.

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