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Welcome to the Friday Brief for 28 February 2014.
Training the next generation of engineers, designers and technicians is very much in the spotlight over the next few weeks. Attention on the sector kicks off on 3 March with National Apprenticeship Week. There are events all over the country and dedicated tool kits available. We have full details in this week’s Friday Brief.
Hot on the National Apprenticeship Week is the next MTA Members’ Quarterly Meeting (MQM), the theme of which will be “Changing the Skills Landscape”. We are really fortunate to welcome Alison Bettac, Director of Training at the AMRC Sheffield, who will be outlining the changing face of skills in our sector, so put it in your diary and register with Randa Orgill on rorgill@mta.org.uk  Let’s make it a really successful day. The MQM will take place on Wednesday 12 March at Delcam’s headquarters in Birmingham. There will also be presentations on best practice and MTA members’ experiences relating to skills development.
The MTA has a long standing commitment to supporting apprenticeships in the engineering based manufacturing and encouraging young people to consider careers in the sector. As part of this commitment the MTA organises an annual Technology, Design & Innovation Challenge. The competition does not require students to do additional work, but draws instead on the course work that they have submitted for their public examinations. There are details in the Friday Brief of the launch of this year’s exciting TDI Challenge.
This past week has seen the MTA take space at the CCMT Exhibition in China. A number of MTA members exhibited and we have a report from the show.
This week’s economic data includes the latest UK machine tool export figures. Exports to China are at their highest level ever and to the USA show the best results for seven years.

Have a good weekend.

Euro cutting tools conference

Euro cutting tools conference

This is a reminder for those members in the tooling sector of our industry about the ECTA conference which takes place from 15th to 17th May in Montreux, Switzerland.  Details of the programme are in the brochure which you can download below. Registration is via the conference web-site at www.swissmem.ch/ecta. If you are registering for this event, it would be helpful if you could let the MTA know.

Economic data this week

Economic data this week

UK GDP, 4th Quarter 2013:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has updated its estimate for the UK economy in the 4th Quarter and revised the estimate for the other periods of 2013.  As a result, there is no change to the initial estimate of growth of +0.7% in the final period of 2013, but the growth rate for the year as a whole has been revised down to +1.8% (from +1.9%).

CCMT report

CCMT report

The MTA took a stand at the China CNC Machine Tool Fair (CCMT) this week which was held in Shanghai after an eight year absence.
The venue was the New International Expo Centre.

Among the British companies taking part were Bowers Metrology, Craftsman Tools, Eclipse Magnetics, Filtermist, Mecwash, Renishaw, Supply Point Systems, Taylor Hobson and Wickman.

TDI Challenge launch

TDI Challenge launch

Entries for the MTA organised TDI Challenge, 2014 has just opened.  This technology, design and innovation challenge offers school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to an industry that relies upon the creativity and innovation of its designers and engineers.
The Challenge is attractive because no extra-curricular or additional work is required. Also, there is no limit to the number of entries any school or college may submit.

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 will take place from 3– 7 March 2014.
Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week is the time when all eyes are on Apprenticeships and it’s all about raising the profile amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. Everyone with an interest in Apprenticeships across England is encouraged to get involved in the Week.
The National Apprenticeships Service has produced 5 separate toolkits for each of its stakeholders which are available now. These include toolkits for: Sector Skills Councils,

Members’ Quarterly Meeting

Members’ Quarterly Meeting

The next MTA Members’ Quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 March at Delcam plc headquarters in Birmingham and promises to be very engaging.  The topical theme will be “Changing the Skills Landscape” and speakers will include Alison Bettac, Director of Training at the AMRC. There will also be presentations on best practice and members’ experiences.

For further details please contact:  Randa Orgill  rorgill@mta.org.uk  or   020 7298 6425