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40 new apprentices for technology centre.

Byline: Jenny Waddington Business editor jenny.waddington@coventrytelegraph.net

COVENTRY'S Manufacturing Technology Centre plans to recruit another 40 advanced engineering apprentices to take part in its ground-breaking training programme.

The new intake will join the 36 apprentices who are currently completing their first year training at college and will shortly be moving into the new PS36million Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre on Ansty Park.

The AMTC courses are setting the standard as the future of advanced manufacturing apprenticeships.

The MTC was recently named as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in the country at the prestigious National Apprenticeship Service's awards.

The AMTC is looking to recruit 40 new apprentices to start in September.

The new apprentices will be employed on the centre's innovative Level 3 Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship programme.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is on the same site as the MTC and is set to make a signifi-cant contribution towards solving the skills shortages which have been prevalent in manufacturing and technology industries for many years.

It has been welcomed by both the Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The AMTC building - due to open in September - will be the UK's first National College, a flagship facility for advanced apprenticeship programmes.

MTC chief executive Clive Hickman said, "The new training centre will create vital skills, developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technicians.

"The skills shortage has been an ongoing issue for manufacturing.

"Many small and mediumsized companies simply cannot afford the four year investment costs of apprentices, and fully skilled work-tices, workers are attracted by the larger players - often at salaries that smaller companies simply can't match.

"Our plan is help SMEs by offering apprenticeships which are cost-effective and provide tangible value from day one. A fully-qualified MTC apprentice will be a valuable asset to any SME." Apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, robotics, metrology, mechatronics, additive layer manufacture, computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided machining (CAM).

They will be able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to undertake international assignments with MTC members and supporters.

In the first year apprentices will learn the basics of engineering and manufacturing before using the sophisticated high-tech equipment in the AMTC, much of which is the most advanced available in the UK.

The training centre is part of an ambitious PS90million expansion plan for the MTC and marks the beginning of a strategy to establish cultural changes in developing the skills and processes needed for future manufacturing in the UK. Anyone interested in joining the MTC's 2015 apprentice intake should visit www.the-mtc.org/careersapprenticeships and complete the application form.

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Date:Feb 11, 2015
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