Executive apprenticeship to be launched by AMRC and the MTA

Posted on 22 Jan 2013

New apprenticeship pathways to train management grade engineering apprentices will be launched by the Manufacturing Technologies Association and the University of Sheffield AMRC on February 8.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and the University of Sheffield AMRC will host a Future Aerospace Manufacturing Seminar and the launch of new apprenticeship pathways on February 8 in Sheffield. The key note address will be given by a senior government minister.

Speakers at this half day seminar will include Dr Gareth Williams, Vice President – Research & Technology Business Development & Partnerships at Airbus, and other eminent speakers from the aerospace manufacturing sector. They will be discussing requirements for emerging technologies in the metals and composites sectors.

Graham Dewhurst, director-general of the MTA said: “A huge number of management roles in engineering-based manufacturing now require skill sets in both engineering and commerce. These skills are increasingly needed by more junior employees within manufacturing organisations who are expected to take on higher levels of responsibility.”

“There is an increasing demand on employers to grow their own talent in disciplines which are often hard to fill due to the specific requirements of the role,” said Alison Bettac, director of training at the AMRC Training Centre. “The Apprentice Pathways that are being developed by this strategic partnership will enable MTA members and other sectors to develop their own talent with a structured framework and allow for individual company requirements at the same time.”

The first year of the pathway would focus on engineering skills (performing engineering operations and engineering extension classes) but would also introduce elements of business awareness and a foreign language. It would be delivered largely on site at the AMRC Training Centre.

The second and third years would build on the engineering skills with a Level 3 Technical Certificate but also include a Level 3 NVQ in one of a range of business disciplines (such as sales), further language study, and topics such as Import and Export Law, Regulations and International Business Culture.

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