“Gold standard” apprentices on offer to levy-paying companies

The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park near Coventry is looking for Apprenticeship Levy-paying businesses to take on 60 of the centre's "gold standard" apprentices from next year's intake.

Apprentices at work at the MTC – image courtesy of The Manufacturing Technology Centre.
Apprentices at work at the MTC – image courtesy of The Manufacturing Technology Centre.

The MTC is offering manufacturers the chance to use their Apprenticeship Levy to fund engineering apprentices who will get training in product design and development, including the latest emerging manufacturing technologies in the MTC’s industry-leading Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC).

The apprentices will begin in September and will be based at the AMTC for their first year, with secondments to their host employer. The apprentices will spend the next two years with the host employer, with block release courses delivered at the AMTC.

Colin Bancroft, the MTC’s apprentice placement leader, said the apprentices on the MTC’s programme received a very high standard of training in manufacturing and engineering, using the AMTC’s cutting-edge equipment.

He noted: “AMTC apprentices really are the ‘gold standard’, and are exactly what the manufacturing industry needs to fill the high-tech jobs of the future. Our apprenticeship courses have the advantage of not being company-specific or sector-specific, so the result is a fully-rounded apprentice capable of filling the most demanding of manufacturing and engineering positions.

Bancroft added: “The MTC’s future-focused world leading apprenticeship skills and development programmes allow employers to maximise their levy spend, giving a genuine return on investment and business impact, while ensuring they become increasingly globally competitive.

“Our apprentices are trained, not just in basic engineering skills, but also in advanced technologies, while developing professional practices and behaviour expected of a young engineer of the future.”

The MTC is looking to recruit 96 apprentices in September, with plans to reportedly triple that number by 2020.

Companies interested in partnering the MTC by taking on one or more apprentices can get more information from Colin Bancroft on 02476 701554 or email colin.bancroft@the-mtc.org