The MTA launched TECH 4.0 – a new project based work experience programme involving 48 students from schools across country, at an event hosted by FANUC in Coventry this week.
Supported by mentors from FANUC and the AMRC in Sheffield, the schools involved will spend the next 8 weeks researching technologies involved in Automation, Robotics and Smart Factories and selecting the solutions they feel are appropriate to solve real manufacturing problems.
The programme has been designed and delivered in association with the PPMA Group of Associations and is aimed at engaging 12-14 year olds in a real-world manufacturing scenario whilst introducing them to current Manufacturing Technologies and those currently on the horizon. The School Teams will create a demonstration model, project portfolio and a technical presentation to deliver to a panel of industry assessors at an event hosted at the MACH Exhibition, their projects will be on display for all visitors to the Education Zone.
To set the scene and encourage the right approach, students were given workshops on project management, teamworking and problem solving providing a great opportunity to engage with the team of mentors from the MTA & PPMA membership who are supporting the project.
Mike Falconer, Education & Development Manager said “We’re very proud to have created a new school engagement project which is focussed solely on the engineering based manufacturing industry, this will give us a great working relationship with the schools involved whilst providing them with an important opportunity to see how manufacturing technology is used to create products and drive productivity”.
MTA would like to offer our thanks to the team at FANUC who hosted the launch event and incorporated a career’s talk and factory tour for the school groups attending.