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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.

As part of the process of developing the Government’s Industrial Strategy, Siemen’s UK CEO Juergen Maier has been commissioned to undertake a Review of Industrial Digitalisation. The uptake of, and investment in, digital technologies in UK manufacturing is universally held to be too low and too slow. The Government wants to understand why that is and more importantly what policies should be considered to improve investment and increase UK productivity.

Intellectual Property (IP) doesn’t just protect technology from competitors. It builds shareholder value and serves as a cost efficient tool to control risk. That may be the commercial risk associated with being displaced by competitors, or the legal risk associated with becoming a target of litigation from other IP rights holders.

One week after the Levy was introduced, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has paused the decision over funding allocations for apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers, to allow time a careful review.

On 4 April 2017, the EEF hosted a webinar for MTA members, aimed at ensuring employer readiness for the Apprenticeship Levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017.  Companies both below and above the £3million paybill threshold for the Levy are eligible for Government funding for apprenticeship training.  The MTA encourages its members to employ apprentices to continue to bring new talent into the industry, therefore helping to address the current skills gap the industry faces.

The MTA work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to ensure we can give our members up to date a relevant information about taking on apprentices.

NAS have produced an Employer Guide to Apprenticeships which members might find useful. Please see below to download the document. 

Join Renishaw on the 6th of April for their automotive open house and discover how Renishaw could help improve your manufacturing within the automotive industry. Hear from our CMM and Additive Manufacturing specialists and their associate company MSP, as well as the SMMT on the latest trends in the automotive sector. Also, See the BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car first hand on the day!

Baker Dearing Educational Trust and UTCs across the country will be celebrating Think UTC day on Friday 17 March. This is a national day where we highlight the amazing work UTCs do to inspire young people to become the scientists, engineers, technologists and innovators of the future.

The MTA has partnered with EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, to deliver a webinar of Tuesday 4th April to help raise awareness on the changes the Government is making to the way it funds apprenticeships.

Last Friday EEF published a new report - Lifting the Lid on the Levy: Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for industry which looks at the policy and external affairs aspects to the levy as well as providing practical guidance for employers.

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STEM Ambassadors from leading institutions are staging an ‘Engineering Extravaganza’ to inspire the next generation of engineers.

As part of British Science Week, four professional organisations will stage an interactive fun day at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s Knowledge Transfer Centre on Monday 13 March 2017.