South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne visited the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology last week to view this new state-of-the-art engineering training centre as it prepares to take on its first apprentices in September.
The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology is located on the Stanmore Industrial Estate on the edge of Bridgnorth. Three Shropshire engineering businesses and a training provider, formed a partnership two years ago which has secured funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Growth Hub to establish a brand new £4m bespoke training centre in South Shropshire. The centre will create an initial 40 full time apprenticeship positions starting this September.
Mr Dunne was joined by several local Shropshire Councillors, including ward member Michael Wood and deputy portfolio holder Elliott Lynch, as well as the Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Dunne said: “I was delighted to visit the new Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology last week, as the finishing touches are being put to this state-of-the-art modern facility.
I was very impressed to see the wide range of brand new equipment on which apprentices will learn foundation engineering skills in machining, welding and foundry work; through metrology, materials testing, tooling, hydraulics pneumatics; to CNC, electronics, and robotics; as well as dedicated vehicle trim and finish sections.
The first apprentices will begin this September, and will develop the engineering, design and business skills relevant to secure jobs in the engineering and automotive sectors. This will build on the impressive record of over 4,000 apprenticeship starts since 2010 across South Shropshire – helping business find and train the employees they need and giving school leavers the skills to gain employment.”
Mr Dunne added: "It is good to see the commitment from local employers who are rising to the challenge of training young people to become the skilled workforce of the future, to help their businesses grow in future years."
Any employer or potential apprentice interested in learning more about the courses on offer from MCMT should go to www.mcmt.co.uk.
Photos: 1. Steve Robbins (Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce), James Grainger (MD Grainger & Worrall), Cllr Simon Harris, Cllr Michael Wood, Philip Dunne MP, Cllr Tina Woodward, Cllr Elliott Lynch, Matthew Snelson (MD of MCMT), Cllr David Turner.
2. Matthew Snelson, Philip Dunne MP, and James Grainger at the MCMT