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New £36m Training Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has unveiled plans for a £36 million training centre to be built at its Ansty Park, Coventry site to help develop the country’s next generation of engineers. The training centre is part of a £90m expansion plan for the MTC.
The new centre will be a flagship facility for an advanced apprenticeship programme. MTC chief executive Clive Hickman said, “The new elite training centre will create vital skills, developing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technicians.
“The skills shortage has been an on-going issue for manufacturing. Many small and medium-sized companies simply cannot afford the four year investment costs of apprentices, and fully skilled 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.”
Announcing the development this week, Business Secretary Vince Cable said that the scheme will benefit from £18m of funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The investment will be matched by a further £18m of industry support. Vince Cable said: “Engineering has a vital role to play in the future of UK Industry. It is important that we act now to ensure businesses have access to the skills they require to enable them to grow.”
The centre will provide a significant contribution towards solving the skills shortages. Apprentices will learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive layer manufacture, laser machining and welding. They will be able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements, including the opportunity to undertake international assignments. On completion of the programme, the apprentices will be registered as incorporated engineers and will have the potential to complete an engineering degree.
The new centre will also support engineering graduates to achieve chartered engineer status and industrial design graduates to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The MTC will provide the manufacturing process expertise and business management support to the industrial design graduates, enabling them to market test their ideas.