ETG delivers £1m investment in supporting the next generation of engineers

Engineering Technology Group has strengthened its relationship with In-Comm Training by delivering another CNC machine to its technical academy in Aldridge.

The leading supplier of machine tools has installed the latest Nakamura AS200L as part of its commitment to supporting the development of apprentices in the West Midlands, a commitment that has now spanned more than £1m across training sites in the Black Country and at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) in Bridgnorth.

This has seen Quaser, Bridgeport Hardinge and Chiron CNC technology made available to all apprentices, not to mention the latest automation and robotic loading to demonstrate the importance of getting used to ‘lights out’ manufacturing.

It has also encouraged its technical experts to deliver best practice workshops and training, supporting major open events that have seen more than 150 apprentices recruited by MCMT.

Martin Doyle, Managing Director at ETG, commented: “If the UK is going to be successful, we need to support the next generation of engineers and, in order to give them the best possible start, they should have access to the latest CNC machinery.

“It just makes sense. If they’re trained on equipment they will be using once they are with their employers it will make them more productive, especially if it covers 5-axis, automation and the ability to machine different materials.

“From a commercial perspective, we are also showcasing some of the machine tool suppliers we sell, so will hopefully have lots of enthusiasts for our technology starting their careers in manufacturing soon.”

ETG practice what they preach, with four apprentices currently being training by In-Comm across its academies.

These include three young people studying mechatronics/servicing and one in business administration, with another two places currently being advertised.

Martin, who was an apprentice himself, concluded: “In-Comm has an excellent range of courses and all of their trainers are industry experts and share a similar passion as ourselves for equipping industry with the skills we all need to be successful.

“We look forward to continuing to support its efforts in delivering the much-needed ‘employer-led’ approach.”