MTC Training announced as finalist in British Business Excellence Awards

Posted on 2 Aug 2023 by James Devonshire

MTC Training - the training wing of the Manufacturing Technology Centre - has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards 2023, an elite, cross-sector awards programme for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The Coventry-based skills provider will go up against nine other finalists in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion of the Year category. The category aims to acknowledge and reward businesses which have successfully driven initiatives to support their workplace and foster a culture of respect and fairness.

As one of the UK’s leading engineering apprenticeship providers, MTC Training’s mission is to create the next generation of engineering talent while upskilling and re-skilling existing workforces from its three bases in Coventry, Oxford and Liverpool.

It positions diversity, equity and inclusion at its core through a host of activities including the promotion of STEM professions and an enhanced enrichment programme for its learners. Internally, MTC Training is extending its board representation to include greater levels of diversity, as well as providing its employees with a range of benefits that support equity and inclusion, such as flexible working, smart holidays and private healthcare insurance.

David Grailey, managing director of MTC Training, said that while the engineering world is challenged by traditional stereotypes, the announcement is a reminder of how the training provider is making strides in the sector.

He said, “We are so pleased to have been announced as a finalist in contention for this year’s diversity, equity and inclusion award. With the support of our partners we are continually exploring new ways to enhance the accessibility of our training programmes and centres. This is particularly pertinent to the engineering sector, which has historically lacked diversity and faced improper stereotypes of what an engineer traditionally looks like. We are committed to inspiring people from all communities to consider engineering as a life-long career through our outreach programmes and support to applicants, making it more appealing than it ever has been. This shortlisting is a fantastic recognition of our colleagues’ work towards creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and training facility for learners and for the future of UK manufacturing.”

Sarah Austin, founder and director of the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, said, “As the UK’s unrivalled celebration of business brilliance, resilience, and innovation the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards takes centre stage, and this year is no exception. The anticipation is electrifying as we gear up for the grand event at the glamorous Grosvenor Hotel.

“Our excitement levels have hit the roof as we have witnessed a spectacular level of submissions across a wide range of dynamic industries, but with a real trend across the energy, recruitment, wellbeing, food and drink, and tech sectors, highlighting just how much the UK business landscape is thriving.”

She added, “Kudos to each and every finalist who has made the shortlist – your entries have truly left us in awe of your extraordinary talent and dedication, setting the bar high for what it means to be a champion in the business world. You’ve made us stand up and take notice, and we can’t wait to celebrate your remarkable achievements.”

Alongside the other finalists, MTC Training will undergo another stage of judging before the winner is announced at the awards ceremony on November 14 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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