MTA inspires tomorrow’s engineers

Posted on 22 Mar 2011 by The Manufacturer

The Manufacturing Technologies Association has launched its 2011 Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, offering school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to industry.

With top prizes on offer, including a Netbook Laptop, an iPod Nano, the competition provides students and their schools valuable insight and access into the UK manufacturing sector.

The TDI Challenge is a free competition run by the MTA to showcase outstanding design, technology, engineering or manufacturing project work from UK schools and colleges. No extra-curricular work is required, the competition is simple to enter online, and there is no limit to the number of entries any school or college submits. A panel of industry experts will judge the entries and select 12 finalists to present their projects at machine tools company Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester.

“Britain’s engineering and technology industries face an increasingly difficult task to ensure that the sector attracts the talent it needs to survive and thrive,” said the MTA in a briefing. “With its skilled workforce aging, and fierce competition for the best young graduates a fact of business life, the issue is becoming more pressing as the UK becomes more reliant on industry for economic recovery and growth.

“Education, training and skills succession planning are in sharp focus across the industry, and the MTA is playing its part in helping to address the skills shortage through the promotion and celebration of this dynamic sector.”

Entries can be made via the website –

The Manufacturing Technologies Association represents over 250 manufacturing companies in the UK. It has run the TDI Challenge for the last 11 years.