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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 Integrated Manufacturing Group of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has been working with DESTACO, a leading global supplier of high-performance automation, work holding and containment fixturing solutions to help create a virtual workshop to assist with pre-production and factory planning processes.

Detailed plans for a new state-of-the-art training hub in Shropshire were unveiled for the first time yesterday, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’.

More than 100 local businesses and stakeholders attended the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) launch event in Bridgnorth to find out how they can play their role in helping it reverse the region’s skills and competency gaps.

The MTA will be attending a careers fair at The Magna Carta School in Surrey on Tuesday 27 September.

Uncertainty over Brexit, changes to Government and challenges to our economy all point more than ever to the need for strong leadership in manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Institute’s MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is accredited by Lancaster University Management School – ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the world’s top 100 business schools.

The MTA is developing a new 3-5 year strategy for Learning and Development. This strategy will be developed alongside the Learning and Development Committee and the Board. To ensure we implement a strategy that our members will value and find useful, we would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete this survey.

The Government has introduced a new Apprenticeship Levy that will come into effect on 6 April 2017.  The MTA has created a presentation to provide guidance. This presentation will be updated as more information is released.

Please feel free to share the presentation with your colleagues.

Rolls-Royce and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult launched a National Strategy in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) on 5th July in London. The National Strategy is facilitated by the Through-life Engineering Services Centre (TES Centre) hosted by Cranfield and Durham Universities.

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For over a decade the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge, has been shining a light on young designers and engineers. The nationwide competition for schools aims to encourage teenagers to recognise the opportunities of a career in engineering and further develop their practical knowledge of modern manufacturing. 

19-23 September 2016 at Cranfield University, UK  

This past Thursday (30th June) saw the MTA and Cranfield University came together to host the second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event at Cranfield University.

The day was opened by Cranfield Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson and MTA President Guy Mollart, who both highlighted the importance of collaboration between academia and industry to fuel technological advances.