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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.

The final of this year’s national Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge took place on Wednesday 5th July at Yamakazi Mazak’s headquarters in Worcester.

James Fudge visited Innoprom in Yekaterinburg, Russia this week alongside our Russian Representative Dr Igor Bazhenov. In conjunction with the Department for International Trade the MTA held a UK briefing for members of the Russian office and facilitated a network session after.

The event also saw meetings between the MTA and regional Government officials representing Science and Industry.

If you are aware of any young people considering a manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship the EEF are holding one of their regular open days at Technology Hub in Birmingham.

Their open days connect their best-in-class employers with you, as a potential apprentice. From aerospace to automotive to robotics, we can connect you with the employer and apprenticeship you want.

If you have been a full, member of the MTA for at least one year, and your company has an annual turnover of £10million or less, you should be eligible to apply for one of our apprenticeship grants or loans.

The Institute of Export and International Trade will be developing an apprenticeship standard in international trade.  Given the implications of Brexit, the MTA fully supports the development of this standard  

If anyone would like to be involved in supporting the development of this apprenticeship or to sit on the employer group, please contact for more information.

Fronius UK will be hosting an Open House at their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 26th April 2017 from 10am.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to step inside the world of Fronius and see the newest technology live in action.

Take a tour and experience a wide range of demonstrations and discussions about our entire range of welding products and applications – including some specially selected guest speakers.

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.