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The MTA as part of Surface Engineering Leadership Forum – SELF, has been supporting the Materials Process Engineer Masters degree apprenticeship course at Cranfield University. The course meets the requirements of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education standard ST0659 and attracts funding of up to £17,000. SME companies can fund 95% of the cost from the apprenticeship levy and hence for the entire duration of the course the total to an SME is £950, which is fantastic value for money.

The Material Process Engineer apprenticeship qualification will meet the high demand for technical specialism combined with commercial and problem-solving skills.  This new blend of skills will increase manufacturers’ ability to exploit new business opportunities.  It will provide re-skilling and up-skilling for existing members of staff. Qualified apprentices will support industry’s drive for productivity improvements with clustering of “soft” and traditional skills.  Strong leadership teams throughout manufacturing businesses will be essential in the future.  Apprentices with a Materials Process Engineer qualification will be equipped with the high-quality skills required to take on these future leadership position.

“The Process Engineering Level 7 Masters programme has been designed to align academic excellence with business management. It provides engineers with all the tools and practices to become the next manufacturing leaders and drive UK PLC through the next decade and beyond. It links a strong academic approach with real-time industrial problems and case studies and enables students to develop skills faster than in a normal operational environment.”

The first cohort of students joined the course in January 2021 and a second tranche starts in January 2022. Further details about the course and how to apply can be found at - closing date for applications is 1 November 2021 to ensure full approval before the end of December.  A webinar to answer any questions about the course will be held on Thursday 12 September starting at 12:00. An earlier webinar containing a description of the course was recorded and can be accessed via the Cranfield University website using the link above or directly at - If you need further information or have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Jeff Rao, Course Director at - or Sami Ortiz, Technology and Skills Manager at