Shropshire manufacturers back apprenticeships as MCMT welcomes another full cohort

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The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) have welcomed their latest cohort of 30 apprentices, as local manufacturers continue to place their faith in vocational learning.

The MCMT, which offers more than 40,000 sq ft of dedicated space at facilities in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, is now training over 60 young people studying towards their mechatronics, machining, tool making, welding and production operative apprenticeships.

12 different companies – including Caterpillar, Torus, Arconic Fastening Systems and Doncasters  enabling their young talent benefit from the MCMT’s array of new technology and equipment, ranging from CNC machines and metrology, through to fluid power systems, welding bays and robotics.

Bosses at the state-of-the-art training centres have stated that this is just the start, with more than 30 additional apprentice places up for grabs between now and the end of November, with further cohorts planned during the remainder of the next nine months.

 Rhian Emery, Business Development Advisor at MCMT discussed the success of the centre, explaining “The appetite for full and part-time apprenticeships has never been higher in Shropshire, despite national figures suggesting otherwise,”.

“Local companies recognise the importance of giving their young people the best possible training and in-depth learning experience, so when they go full-time they will have the biggest possible impact.”

She continued: “We also very work closely with employers to make sure we match them with the individuals that best suit their needs. This is an important starting point and, when you combine this with over £3m of technology and industry-led training, it’s not difficult to see why we have reached all of our targets.

“The demand is definitely there and that’s why we have decided to open up a new cohort for November…now we need firms to come forward and take advantage of it.”

Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology, which is an employer-led consortium of Made in the Midlands members In-Comm Training and Salop Design & Engineering as well as Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall,  operates a 36,000 sq ft dedicated centre in Bridgnorth that predominantly provides mechatronic, machining, tool making and technology support apprenticeships and upskilling opportunities.

For further information, please visit or follow @marchescentre on twitter. If you are an employer or potential apprentice, please get in touch with the MCMT team on [email protected]