The Manufacturing Technology Centre's Liverpool facility is to be the base for a new advanced manufacturing training centre delivering skills to businesses and learners in Liverpool and the north west.
MTC Training will deliver new apprenticeships, upskilling courses and HNC programmes from the MTC’s facility on Liverpool Science Park.
Courses offered include a new Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship. The one-year apprenticeship programme will allow both new and existing employees to progress their careers by developing into multi-skilled operators, supporting greater business agility and flexibility. The course includes lean manufacturing, production, quality control, problem solving, workplace organisation and health and safety.
The centre will also deliver an HNC in Engineering course over a two-year period. The programme is designed to empower students to develop the specialist knowledge and skills to help their organisations effectively harness the power of new and emerging manufacturing technologies.
Both courses begin in October, with further programmes, including upskilling courses targeting more experienced engineers, and new apprenticeship options are being announced very soon.
Engineering SMEs looking to take on an apprentice can get additional support from MTC Training in partnership with Lloyds Bank, including:
- SME salary support to help qualifying SMEs to recruit their next apprentice.
- The Lloyds Bank Levy Transfer fund helps SMEs to take on apprentices by covering the cost of apprenticeship training. As part of the bank’s partnership with MTC Training, and if you are a small business in the local area, you can access funding to develop your existing workforce or recruit your next generation of engineering experts, improving career opportunities for young people (https://apprenticeships.the-mtc.org/employers/sme-support/)
Operations manager Emma Johnstone said the new courses would support businesses in the Liverpool City Region and the north west to improve their performance through a workforce well-prepared for the ever-changing challenges of a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
“Our aim is to seed industry in the region with a cohort of confident, multi-skilled and effective employees who add greater value to businesses by being able to perform a wide range of technical roles. Their flexible expertise will help their employers to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line,” she said.
Courses will be designed and delivered by independent training provider MTC Training which has already delivered apprenticeships to more than 800 learners from its state-of-the-art facilities in Coventry and Oxfordshire.
Established in 2014, MTC Training is creating the next generation of engineering innovators, helping to fill the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills gap and secure a sustainable future for the UK manufacturing sector, and was recently announced as a finalist in the prestigious AAC Engineering and Manufacturing Training Provider of the Year Award.
The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK, and was established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. Housing some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and with facilities in Coventry and the Liverpool City Region, the MTC provides a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, supporting skills, productivity and growth across the UK manufacturing industry.
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