The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre has won a top university award for its commitment to providing exceptional opportunities and support for students on industrial placements.
The MTC was named "Best Large Placement Employer" in the University of Leicester's Placements Awards 2020. The awards, presented at a virtual ceremony, were created to recognise the invaluable industry experiences that employers give degree students out on placement.
The in-work experience gained by students on the placement element of their degree builds on their academic training to enable them to apply their knowledge and deliver tangible value to employers in the workplace.
George Cattle, one of the latest University of Leicester students to embark on a placement at the MTC, said the university’s judges were looking for a company that showed dedication and encouragement to placement students while helping them gain transferable employability skills.
Over the past eight years, the MTC has provided placement opportunities for more than 40 students from academic institutions including its founding universities, the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, and The University of Nottingham, as well as others including Aston, Cambridge, Coventry, Sheffield and Swansea.
Dr Clive Hickman, MTC Chief Executive, said that providing university placements was vital to the business’s strategy:
“The MTC’s core purpose is to create a significant positive impact on society. Providing high quality placements that provide real-life experience in emerging technologies is a natural part of our commitment to helping to empower industry through skills, and creating the next generation of engineering professionals."
"Working alongside our world-class engineers and participating in live customer projects means that these engineers-in-the-making gain confidence and competence during their time with us, so they’re ready to deliver real impact right from the start of their independent careers.”
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