Matthew Bastock (Apprenticeship Programme Manager)
We are entering into an exciting period for MTC Apprenticeships and our new status as an approved training partner will bring with it many opportunities.
Being accepted onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) was a huge achievement for all involved – and not without a lot of hard work from the MTC Apprenticeships team – and, not least, it will give us a huge boost as we target to treble our intake over the next two years.
With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last year, we are seeing the further and higher education landscapes evolving. It’s part of our role as a training provider to support and advise both learners and employers to the opportunities available, as we continue to expand our offering at the MTC.
We are currently supporting levy paying employers with the recruitment of new learners for our Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Product Design and Development commencing in September 2018. Our team pre-interview and assess applicants providing employers with a shortlisted quality calibre of CV’s.
Most recently we have launched our Degree Apprenticeships – Levels 7 qualifications that provide a pathway to develop the more advanced skills sought after by employers. Delivered in partnership with one of our partner Universities, the degree-level courses also offer a valuable way to maximise levy funding and will assist in employee retention as well as recruitment. Further details about our Degree Apprenticeships can be found further on in this edition of Catalyst.
Non-levy paying employers are still central to our work at the MTC and SME’s have been at the core of our Apprenticeship Programme since its launch. We have excellent relationships with a broad network of non-levy paying organisations, many of whom are local to the MTC and engage in apprentice placement opportunities.
As we grow our learning and development offering it’s vital that we continue to provide the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is renowned for. To support with the increase in learners, we have recently installed a range of new FANUC machinery in our main workshop and expanded across into the main MTC building where we now have additional workshop space.