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Outreach Activities

The MTA engages in a variety of outreach activities, to help young people realise the wide range of careers that are available to them within engineering based manufacturing.  To the left on the drop down menu is a list of the main outreach activities of the MTA - click on each one to find out what we do in more detail.

Below is a list of the recent news features and press releases featuring our recent outreach activity.

In August 2020 a letter was sent to the Secretary of State for Education regarding the skills crisis facing all sectors of UK Manufacturing because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The government released guidance at the end of last week on travelling to the EU for work. The guidance varies for different countries so make sure you check out the requirements if you or someone for your business is planning to travel for work. 

We have been contacted this week by an undergraduate studying at Birmingham University and three years into my five year (MEng) Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Industrial Year degree.

They are currently looking for an industrial placement. For more information, or to request a copy of their CV, please contact


Lord David Frost it to join the cabinet as a full member, effective 1st March 2021.  He will be minister of state at the Cabinet Office, and it is widely reported that he is taking responsibility for the evolving relationship with the EU and its 27 members states, as far as trade is concerned.   

Mission Motorsport have had to postpone their Race of Remembrance for 2020.  Sadly, it’s left the charity with a huge (£50k) hole to try and fill - thus the idea of a geographically distanced, individual celebration was born - #YourRoR.

Due to the pandemic the London Play charity weren’t able to run their usual large event, so instead they worked with children in ‘bubbles’ at three playgrounds ensuring a fair geographical spread across London; Arc in the Park - Newham, Pearson Street Adventure Playground - Hackney and Waterloo Living Space - Southwark.

One of the really positive things about the Covid Crisis has been the way in which the engineering and manufacturing sectors have stepped up to provide medical and other equipment at a time of dire need.

Like us, you probably hope that these efforts will be properly recognised and help to shape the public perception of manufacturing and engineering for years to come. Here at the MTA we want to do something to make sure this happens.

The MTA launched TECH 4.0 – a new project based work experience programme involving 48 students from schools across country, at an event hosted by FANUC in Coventry this week.

Supported by mentors from FANUC and the AMRC in Sheffield, the schools involved will spend the next 8 weeks researching technologies involved in Automation, Robotics and Smart Factories and selecting the solutions they feel are appropriate to solve real manufacturing problems.

We ask for your support of the annual fundraising auction in aid of Development Nepal (DN), a UK registered charity that facilitates community-led work with the poorest communities in Sunsari district, east Nepal.

The apprenticeship service are planning the next webinar for employers and employer-providers on the subject of Recruit an Apprentice: how employers can advertise and manage their own apprenticeship vacancies through the apprenticeship service.

The webinar is taking place on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:00pm.