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Midlands firm moves to reverse decline in engineering apprenticeships

14 March 2011

Midland Tool and Design (MDT) has joined forces with Dudley College in a bid to reverse the decline in the take-up of engineering apprenticeships in the West Midlands. The company established the partnership to help aspiring engineers gain NVQ qualifications and practical on-the-job experience.

Managing director Darren Booton said that while engineering apprenticeships are becoming more popular around the country, this has not been the case in MTD's experience. “The need for apprentices in our industry has never been greater as manufacturing and engineering are making strong recoveries from the recession," he said. “And we thought in the country’s manufacturing heartland – the West Midlands – we would have no shortage of suitable applicants. Sadly that’s not happened, so we teamed up with Dudley College to help grow our own business and benefit the region’s manufacturing sector as a whole.

Much of MTD's success in 2010 came following its AS9100 accreditation, which brought in several projects related to the A380 Airbus, and the launch of its prototyping system, Modulam.

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