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MACH 2016 plays host to the next generation of engineering talent

With just under 4 weeks to go before the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase kicks off, the MACH 2016 team have announced their full plans for Learning and Development Zone.

The Learning and Development Zone will serve as a base for student visitors, as well as housing some key exhibits and a showcase of apprentices and graduates at work. Over 2000 students from the age of 14 upwards have already registered to attend the exhibition. Students and their teachers are able to register to receive free guided tours of the MACH 2016 site, which will be led by apprentices from MTA member companies, enabling students to gain an in-depth insight into the industry.

James Selka CEO of Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) said “As a trade association we are committed to encouraging the next generation of engineering talent into the manufacturing sector. MACH 2016 is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful work our members do in training new recruits and show potential apprentices the advantages of undertaking a career in a modern manufacturing company.” 

Apprentices and Graduates at Work

Situated within the Learning and Development Zone will be the Apprentices and Graduates at Work area. This is made up of member companies of the MTA which organise the exhibition on behalf of the industry.

Companies who will contribute apprentices to the Learning and Development Zone at MACH 2016 include Delcam, Renishaw, Mazak, Sandvik and 600 UK. The Zone will also feature two of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres - The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Manufacturing Technologies Centre, based at Ansty Park near Coventry.

The AMRC are bringing with them MANTRA, their specially customised ‘MANufacturing TRAnsporter’. The 14m HGV is designed to give aspiring young engineers hands-on experience with the AMRC’s cutting-edge technologies.

Jamie Smith, AMRC MANTRA Manager – University of Sheffield said "Anyone visiting us during the exhibition will get hands on experience of modern manufacturing, advanced modelling and assembly line technology.

"They will be able to take part in manufacturing processes and competition activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects; exploring some real life examples of research and components manufactured at the AMRC."

Sandvik Coromant are once again sponsoring the Zone and showing their continued support for bringing young people into the industry.

Kim Olander, Marketing Manager, commented "Sandvik Coromant are once again delighted to be sponsoring the Learning and Development Zone. We believe that young people and talent within the industry is just as key as showcasing innovative products and services. We believe the Zone is an important opportunity to display the work of our industry at such a high profile event".

The Zone is situated in Hall 4 and features other key exhibits from the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and The Ministry of Defence. So what are you waiting for? Go and find out how rewarding a career in engineering can be.

To arrange a guided tour of MACH 2016 please contact the MTA’s Learning and Development Co-ordinator Laura Pickering for more details via email or by phone 020 7298 6450.