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John Patsavellas of Cranfield University, and a long-time friend of the MTA, and Dr Oke Okorie from Exeter University are working together to gather and distil the “lessons learnt” from the experiences of the manufacturing sector during the pandemic, which included some excellent and altruistic examples of response to the national “call to arms” for ventilators, face-shields and other products and services in need.

The advent of T-Levels has raised many questions from MTA Members, many of whom are invested in traditional apprenticeships, the key topic of conversation has centred particularly on the effective provision of T-Level Industry Placements.

We’re pleased to provide some updates to our previous articles on the Governments Covid-19 Apprenticeships guidance.

The full article is available here: https://bit.ly/34g8nOP

Apprentices Returning to Educational Settings

BSI has recently released version 1 of their safe working guidelines for UK companies. The guidelines provide a framework for companies looking to create a safe working environment for their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an example the guidelines provide information on the following areas:

At the time, a few weeks ago, when medical shortages were very much in the news there were a number of stories about people and organisations putting 3D Printers to use, particularly in making PPE. It was really encouraging to see the adaptability of the technology and the ingenuity of those using it.

The UK Government this week published regulations introducing a 14 Day Quarantine Period for those entering the UK. The introduction of quarantine was a feature of discussions at the start of the pandemic but the announcement a couple of weeks ago that it was to be introduced on the 8th of June was something of a surprise; industry and other stakeholders were not consulted and we have expressed serious concerns about the plans.

MTA member, MSP, has been adapting its products and services to ensure customers can keep up production in the current climate.

MSP advises global manufacturers on the automation of each stage of their production cycle and guarantees that perfect parts are produced, every time. MSP assesses the CAD design, fixturing, calibration, condition of supply and probing routines, right up to inspection - highlighting and removing errors throughout.

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.

Three and a half years after the referendum, the United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31st, turning Brexit into a reality. But the relationship between the two sides remains largely undefined, and the remainder of 2020 — the transition period — will be critical in negotiating a trade agreement. Governments on both sides are attempting to lead intense negotiations as they struggle with the constraints and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to ensure an effective EU response to the coronavirus crisis that would pave the way to a fair socio-economic recovery, the European Commission published a recovery plan for Europe. CECIMO welcomes the EU Recovery plan - Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation and we believe that a full recovery of the Machine Tool industry is essential to repair and revitalize the European Single Market.

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