COVID-19: Further Information

COVID-19
Further Information

During the national lockdown, the MTC training centres will continue all learner delivery remotely. When our centre reopens, following an easing of restrictions, we will operate at reduced capacity to minimise risk for learners and our colleagues.

For our first year apprentices, delivery will be remote to cover all theoretical units where possible. All practical delivery and assessments will be completed in our centres when safe to do so.

Our second and third year apprentices will continue working in industry, with the support of the workplace assessor, whilst completing their block training weeks remotely. In addition, our apprentices will use their E-portfolio system to continue assessment and progression with their assessors.

Level 4 HNC Learners will continue to be supported remotely.

All students are to continue with their timetable and attend all sessions, being punctual following the normal registration and attendance process. This process is followed for both in centre delivery and remote. All students continue to be monitored on performance and behaviours in line with the qualifications being followed. All students are issued risk assessments and COVID-19 safety information to adhere to.

As a practical apprenticeship provider, the standard requires all students to complete a practical competency qualification during Year 1. These elements will be paused until practical activity can commence in the centre. Apprentices in Years 2, 3, 4 and HNC learners will continue to work remotely and attend the centre when restrictions are eased.

We work closely with our employer partners to ensure all students have suitable devices and learning materials provided to support progression and online learning. No students are at a disadvantage due to remote learning and ongoing support is provided. Should a student require a device then we can make temporary loan arrangements this can be arranged through Matthew Bastock. For students requiring SEND support our dedicated trainer, Lenka Edwards, is available for individual student needs.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE

In line with Government guidelines and the new restrictions, we have closed the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre for onsite delivery. The training centre will remain closed to all apprentices, employers and members of the public until further notice. We will communicate directly with our employers and learners about how programmes will continue remotely during this period of national lockdown.

As with the first lockdown, we have taken learning online. All apprentices have access to our E-Learning courses, have been set Knowledge Questions to support their unit completion and have been tasked with regularly emailing work to their trainers/assessors to keep progressing in their apprenticeship. They will have regular touch points throughout the week with us and their training schedules will be rearranged to provide minimal disruption. For more information about our remote education offer, please click here.

Throughout the pandemic, we have been focused on supporting our apprentices and continuing their learning remotely to help achieve original target completion dates. All apprentices, even those furloughed, have continued with remote training, completing work to set objectives and timescales.

If you have any questions about your course, please contact matthew.bastock@the-mtc.org and if you require any technical or IT support, please contact james.wagstaff@the-mtc.org.

We continue to encourage applications from anyone interested in an engineering apprenticeship. If you would like to find out more about our apprenticeship programme, we are hosting virtual open events. Click here to register. Our recruitment team continue to offer support and guidance to applicants. If you would like to get in touch with them, please email apprentice@the-mtc.org.

Throughout the pandemic the safety of our learners and colleagues has been, and continues to be our priority. If you have any questions or need any support please do get in touch with us.

We would like to thank our employers and apprentices for their cooperation in this matter and look forward to re-opening the training centre at the earliest opportunity.

Meet the Trainer: John Dacey

John is one of our most experienced trainers, specialising first in maintenance and then service engineering during his industrial career. After enjoying training new recruits and apprentices within his engineering roles, he took a leap of faith to become an apprentice trainer and has never looked back! We talked to him about deciding to share his wealth of experience with the next generation, what makes MTC Apprenticeships stand out from other training providers, and why the most important tool for an apprentice is an open mind.

What was your prior industrial experience before you joined MTC Apprenticeships?

One of the reasons I’m so passionate about the value of apprenticeships is because I started my engineering career as an apprentice myself! I completed a four and half year programme at the East Midlands Electricity Board, in their first intake of apprentices that spent the first year of their programme wholly training off-the-job in the training centre, just like we do at the AMTC.

After I’d completed my apprenticeship, I was head hunted to work at a plant producing carbon fibre as a Maintenance Electrician, which then led to new opportunities at organisations including Chrysler and the General Electric Company. After gaining a broad range of maintenance experience, I transferred my focus and became a Service Engineer at Kodak Heidelberg, progressing to UK Service Manager for their Graphic Print Division. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this role was also the start of my training career, because I created and delivered courses for new engineers at the company.

Why did you decide to become a trainer?

Kodak is sadly a prime example of what happens to businesses that don’t change and evolve through innovation and new technology. I took voluntary redundancy, and decided to look for a new challenge that would use my wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in a different way. I knew I wanted to stay on the tools and maintain my practical skills, but I now also knew how much I enjoyed and excelled at training new engineering recruits. I’d also found it really rewarding upskilling and mentoring the new apprentices that had worked alongside me in my various teams. So, I took a leap of faith and applied to become an apprentice trainer, and I have never regretted it!

What would you say are your career highlights?

Being promoted to UK Service Manager at Kodak Heidelberg was definitely a highlight, and I was also so proud to gain my first teaching qualification (which I continue to maintain) when I began my training career. But it’s coming to the MTC that has been the best move of my career. We are much more organised than many of the other business I’ve worked for, the strength and coherence of the team is fantastic, and the flexibility we have means we can rapidly adapt and improve things, which has really impressed me. I’m enjoying it!

What do you enjoy most about your training role?

The variety and challenge of the role – every day is different. When I first joined MTC Apprenticeships, I undertook training at FANUC, one of our employer and technology partners, and immediately gained new skills and knowledge that helped me to be a key part of the apprentices’ robotics training. Now I deliver a variety of units, and no two groups of apprentices are the same, nor are any two apprentices the same. You never know what you’re going to get – every learner has different strengths and weaknesses, passions and struggles, and the challenge and reward of helping them each to excel and fulfil their potential is fantastic.

How is the AMTC different from other training centres?

It almost goes without saying that the facilities here are second to none, but the key difference for me is MTC Apprenticeships’ agility. Everything we do is centred around putting the learner first, and if we see an opportunity to change and adapt to improve their experience, we are empowered to do it with minimum red tape, which is so different from some of the colleges I’ve worked with! The reason this is possible is the ‘can do’ attitude of both the management team and the other trainers – everyone pitches in and helps each other because we all believe in what we are doing.

What makes a good apprentice?

Without hesitation, it’s having a willingness to learn. If you begin your apprenticeship with an open mind and an appetite to try new things, there is no limit to what your apprenticeship can help you to achieve.

What advice would you give to prospective apprentices?

Come with an open mind, and don’t be too rigid in your ideas of what you’ll be doing at the end of your training because there’ll will be so many unexpected opportunities along the way. There’s a severe shortage of engineering skills in the UK at the moment, so the world is your oyster! Don’t be afraid of trying new things or taking new paths, because all sorts of different doors will open for you if you explore. If you’re considering an engineering apprenticeship then I would strongly encourage you to have a really good look at what we’re doing here at the MTC. The opportunities are exciting, it’s a brilliant place to learn, and a truly fantastic start to a career. I’m an experienced trainer, and this is the best training environment I’ve ever worked in.

Revolutionising the skills landscape to create the next generation of innovators

It’s no secret that the UK’s STEM skills gap is slowing the adoption of game-changing emerging technology within the manufacturing and engineering sectors. MTC Apprenticeships is working to change that by creating the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent through its future skills apprenticeships that offer exciting opportunities to learners and employers alike.

The training provider had already received a record number of apprentice applications before the Government’s incentives were announced last summer, and the latest Level 3 Engineering Technician apprentices are now storming through their first year’s off-the-job training.

MTC apprentices learn from proven industry experts in an environment at the forefront of technological advancements. The programme includes exposure to disruptive technologies and new ways of working, empowering learners to help accelerate innovation when they return to their employers. An ambitious enrichment programme also supports development of the ‘soft skills’ they’ll need for professional and personal success.

Responding to employer demand, MTC recently launched a new Level 4 programme for businesses to upskill and futureproof their existing workforce through apprenticeships, helping protect jobs and supporting progression. Their specialist commercial courses, which now include a broad online offer, also help current engineers to increase their advanced manufacturing expertise and supports career changers looking to move into the new digital growth sectors.

For employers, apprenticeships provide a cost-effective way to attract enthusiastic, motivated, young talent with the skills their business needs for the future, supporting internal progression and succession planning. For the learners, they’re starting their career with the skills and experience that employers want, gained through an industry recognised qualification alongside hands-on work experience, and of course earning while they learn!

To find out more about how future skills can accelerate your business or career, please visit https://the-amtc.co.uk/apprenticeships/employers/

What the Employers say

“Our apprentices join us with a very strong work ethic as well as new ideas that help to shape our practices as we move forward.”
Sarah Gregory, Head of HR – JJ Churchill.

“We have an ageing workforce and our apprentices bring a new way of thinking. They see the world in a very different way and by combining this with our experienced engineers, we get the best results.”
Steve Finn, Managing Director – DMG MORI UK.

“For our apprentices to be trained in such an elite environment is only a benefit to us and the longevity of our business.”
Adam Bampton, Deputy Team Leader – Technician – Reaction Engines.

What the Apprentices say

“The MTC teaches us about every aspect of being an engineer, not just about technical engineering subjects, but also how to behave, speak and act as an engineering professional.”
Camila Rey de Rose – Amazon Apprentice.

“The combination of the training, the course, the technology, and the facilities that we have access to makes this the perfect springboard for my career.”
Chartini Konstantelia – FANUC UK Apprentice.

“My apprenticeship has helped me to open doors that I didn’t even know were there.”
Harrison Shirley – UKAEA Apprentice.

MTC apprentice named Apprentice of the Year

Robotics apprentice recognised for “consistently outstanding performance”

A Manufacturing Technology Centre apprentice has won the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Award in LeicestershireLive’s 2020 Education Awards. The accolade was awarded in recognition of a consistently outstanding performance and commitment to professional development.

Third-year apprentice Davina Kaur is undertaking her apprenticeship through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry, while being employed as an automation engineer by RNA Automation of Castle Bromwich Business Park, Birmingham.

Davina, who is 19, has already won the AMTC’s Apprentice of the Month award twice and reached the final of both the GTA England Awards and the Ingenuity Skills Awards earlier this year.

She is now rotating throughout departments at RNA to gain first-hand experience and a deeper understanding of the business before starting work on the development of bespoke automation cells. Davina is also a STEM ambassador, promoting careers in engineering for youngsters, particularly women, and is the first female engineer on the shopfloor at RNA.

Davina lives in Stoney Stanton, near Hinckley and is a former pupil of Lutterworth High School. She began her apprenticeship in September 2018 and began employment at RNA last year.

Davina’s manager at RNA, Engineering Manager Phil Baker said Davina had exceeded the business’s expectations of what an apprentice can achieve.

“We employed Davina because of her passion about engineering, determination to progress and develop natural engineering ability, positive attitude and an eagerness to get involved. We knew she would be a great fit within our team as well as reinvigorating them. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Impressively, she was already working on revenue-generating customer projects within two months of joining us,” he said.

Apprentice Programme Manager at the AMTC, Matthew Bastock, said Davina’s dedication to her own development was exceptional.

“We are so proud of Davina and it’s fantastic to celebrate her many achievements with this well-deserved award. Davina has overcome some significant challenges to excel as one of our most committed and successful apprentices, and has worked hard to exceed her own high expectations,” he said.

Now in their sixth year and sponsored by the University of Leicester, the LeicestershireLive Education Awards celebrate the work and achievements of the region’s best schools and further education colleges. The virtual award ceremony was hosted by actor and TV presenter Des Coleman.

MTC Apprenticeships hosts its very first virtual open evening!

The interactive sessions will give a real insight into what it’s like to be an apprentice at the AMTC

The team at MTC Apprenticeships are inviting potential learners and their families to join their live panel online and find out more about the MTC’s award winning apprenticeship programme.

If you’re aspiring to work for some of the UK’s most forward thinking manufacturers, or you want to kick start your engineering career and earn while you learn, then make sure you join the MTC’s training team online on 24 November to find more about the opportunities on offer.

The sessions start at 4.30pm and 6.30pm and will explore what’s covered within the MTC apprenticeship programme and what to expect in the application process. They will include a virtual tour of the state-of-the-art training centre and a live Q&A. Attendees will also hear from some of the MTC’s current apprentices about their learning journey so far, as well as understanding how to stand out as one of the MTC’s employer partners shares what they’re looking for in their next recruits.

As part of the MTC’s COVID-secure measures, access to the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) in Coventry is restricted to current apprentices and their trainers, and so the opening evening is being held virtually for the very first time.

AMTC Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Matthew Bastock, explained: “Keeping our apprentices safe onsite is our top priority, but it’s also essential that we make sure that the next generation of engineering talent has all the information they need to successfully embark on the next stage of their educations and careers too. By hosting our very first virtual open evenings, we’re giving potential learners a chance to get a real insight about what it’s like to be an apprentice at the MTC from the people that have already started that journey.”

You can ask any questions you have directly to the live panel of apprentices, employers and the training team during the session, but if there’s anything you’d like to know ahead of the event, then please send an email to apprentice@the-mtc.org.

To find out more and secure your place at one of the 45-minute sessions, please head over to the Open Events page on our website.

If you’re an employer seeking new apprentices or want to understand the benefits the MTC apprenticeship programme can offer to your business, please contact Gary Naylor in our Business Development team on 07980 758675 or via Gary.Naylor@the-mtc.org.