STEM Engagement

STEM Engagement

Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) is passionate about STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Manufacturing) engagement and ensuring we are showcasing potential career routes into industry to primary and secondary school students across Shropshire.

We need to educate and inspire young people on, the vast opportunities there is available when you ‘make things’, the technology you can get to grips with, and the positive difference you can make in society. For example, just recently, one of our apprentices has been leading production on parts for vital ventilator equipment.

With this in mind, we have used support from the European Social Fund (ESF) to develop a number of initiatives to help prospective students to gain an insight into the 40 different apprenticeship routes that we offer across our Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury technical academies.

A lot of the content is in the process of being moved online following the restrictions we are operating under during the COVID19 pandemic. STEM Engagement will go on!

Career Launchpad

Despite the dramatic economic impact of Covid-19, there’s still lots of career opportunities for young people out there, and we’re going to help you find them through a series of Career Launchpad webinars (starting from June 17th).

We want to cut through the media hysteria, and all the white noise, to give you and your parents/guardians all the information you’ll need to make informed decisions on the next stage of the learning journey, and how apprenticeships can deliver a £100,000 opportunity.

The first of a series of webinars will offer an introduction to: MCMT and In-Comm Training, the 40 Trailblazer apprenticeships we deliver, and an insight into what make us one of the UK’s leading training providers.

You will be able to take an exclusive virtual tour around our £4m state-of-the-art Training Academy in Bridgnorth, featuring dedicated CNC machining zones, the latest metrology technology and industry-leading automation.

MCMT experts will talk you through, the Apprenticeship journey, how you can progress to secure a degree, and the world class employers you could potentially be working for such as big names like, Bridgnorth Aluminium, Doncasters and Grainger & Worrall. You could also be potentially working for  exciting SMEs, such as Billcarr, Ironbridge Gorge Museum and SDE Technology.

Two of our apprentices will also be on the webinar to give you the ‘warts and all’ view and how they have used vocational learning to get started on their career path.

Remote career sessions

We are currently offering our career sessions remotely to support schools in engaging with the centre and to support in offering advice and guidance to students interested in exploring careers across engineering and manufacturing. These sessions will be developed specifically to address the needs and group size of the students involved and can include: 

  • – Introduction to MCMT to include a virtual tour 
  • – Careers across engineering and manufacturing 
  • – An introduction to apprenticeships 
  • – How to apply for an apprenticeship route 
  • – Preparing for Interview
  • – Interview practice, we can facilitate mock interviews

For more information and to secure a booking please contact: Sophie Reeves at

Virtual tours of MCMT 

You ever wondered what goes on at our state of the art training centre in Bridgnorth? Well why don’t you come and have a look around? 

 We have scheduled some dates that are bookable for you to take a personal tour of The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology. We will take you on a virtual tour and also talk you through what we do at the centre and help you to gain and insight into the 40 different apprenticeship routes that we offer across our Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury technical academies.

These tours are to support individuals or small groups of students and their parents or carers to understand more about the apprenticeship training route and whether it is right for you, you will get the opportunity to ask us questions. 

Dates & Times:

Tuesday 24th November 2020 – 4:00pm, 4:30pm 

Saturday 28th November 2020 – 10:00am 

Tuesday 1st December 2020 – 4:00pm, 4:30pm 

Tuesday 8th December 2020 – 4:00pm, 4:30pm

Saturday 12th December 2020 –  2020 10:00am 

Tuesday 15th December 2020 – 4:00pm, 4:30pm

For more information and to secure a booking please contact: Sophie Reeves at

If you can’t make the dates and times above please give us some other times and we will do our best to facilitate your requests.

STEM Challenges

MCMT has developed a range of STEM Challenges. They have been created to connect you to a range of companies and will offer you a platform to demonstrate your skills across engineering and manufacturing, allowing you to explore which sectors you are most suited to.

We have now released six STEM Challenges. The challenges have been released in two parts and are linked to six local companies to support you in exploring the various companies and engineering sectors in your area.

Download link – STEM Challenges Part 1

Download Link – STEM Challenges Part 2

Download Link – Guidance for schools on how these link to the Gatsby Benchmarks

Although live deadlines have passed we are accepting new entries at the end of every month.

Winning entries decided upon at the start of every month will receive a £25 amazon voucher and one learner will be offered a bespoke training day at the centre once we safely reopen our doors again.

Primary STEM Challenge

We released an exciting challenge specifically for primary aged children to get involved with. This has been funded by InComm Training and will be judged by some of our industry professionals. To find out more about the challenge download the guidance below.

Download Link -The Challenge

We have created some help sheet to support you getting involved in the challenge 

Download Link – Help Sheets

MCMT YouTube Channel

We have started to publish a range of videos to support you on your apprenticeship journey and to help you with your mental health and wellbeing. There is also lots of useful content to support your involvement with our STEM challenges.

  • Pre-Apprenticeship Week
  • MCMT has developed a week-long programme, which will give you an insight into our technical academies and the apprenticeship journey you will embark on.The programme has been developed to enable you to fully explore and gain an invaluable hands on experience of potential apprenticeship progression routes. 

    During the week you will be involved in a programme of workshops. The format of delivery has been modified to allow us to reduce the number of students visiting the centre at one time. Part of the content will be accessible online, and part face to face at the centre. The units of work are linked to:

    • – Health and Safety
    • – Fluid Power
    • – EngineeringTechniques
    • – Electrical Engineering
    • – Welding and fabrication 
    • – Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
    • – Business Development & HR
    • – Apprenticeship Application Process
    • – Interview Techniques
    • – Meet link businesses

    By the end of the programme you will have gained key skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to make a more informed choice. The week will support and develop your skills and knowledge across the range of sectors within Engineering and Manufacturing and also give you the key employability skills to enable you to be successful in applying for a apprenticeship, job or training course dependent on what you decide.

    Download Link – Guidance for schools on how the pre apprenticeship week links to the Gatsby Benchmarks.pdf



We will be launching new dates shortly for 2021 with details on how to apply, in the meantime to find out more or express an interest, download the flyer below:

Flyer attached 


We are now taking bookings for our fully funded workshops that have been developed to support in raising the profile of Engineering and Manufacturing to students across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin who are currently studying in Year 10-13. The workshops have been funded by the European Social Fund.

The workshop offer has been expanded and modified to address restrictions following on from COVID 19. We have a broad range of workshops that are deliverable both face to face and online. They have been designed to explore the range of industry sectors within engineering and manufacturing to support students in their career choices.

Face to face workshops

Our face to face workshops at the centre have currently been put on hold due to current restrictions.

We have modified our offer to address changes so when we do resume our face to face workshops these will be offered to reduced class sizes to allow for us to implement COVID safety measures whilst at the centre, school or college. All workshops have been risk assessed to ensure that government guidelines are followed. All schools will receive a full risk assessment upon booking one of our workshops.

Online workshops

We have also developed some online workshops and some of our workshops can be modified to be delivered remotely.

All workshops will be supported by local businesses to connect young people to local industry and support in developing their employability skills. The workshops can either take place at your school or college, online or over at The Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology.

For further information on our workshop offer, please download the attached flyer:

Workshop downloadable document >

STEM Leaders

We have started an initiative whereby we can work with students aged 15+ to train them up as STEM leaders to allow them to deliver STEM engagement to younger students at your school or organisation.

We have trialed this with the a group of Rangers at Shropshire Girl Guiding group and have trained them to successfully deliver a set of Live Online Workshops.

For more information, please download our workshop guide to book a STEM Leaders training session.

F1 in Schools

MCMT launched the first ever “Shropshire Regional F1 in Schools” event in December 2019, and we are currently supporting nine schools across the region as they work towards the Regional Final. That will take place virtually between Monday 19th April and Friday 23rd April, 2021.

Each school has been partnered with one of our local manufacturers to support them during the process, and give advice, guidance and remote support with developing their car, team and branding.

As you can imagine the format of the F1 in Schools Challenge has changed slightly due to current restrictions placed on events. 

In terms of our revised season dates, here are the key dates:

NOW: Registration open

March 12th: Digital submission deadline

March 17th: Car submission deadline

April 19th-23rd: ‘Live’ events broadcast on F1inSchoolsUK YouTube channel

What this means for schools…..

F1 in Schools can still go ahead, but the format will change. All teams will have longer to design, develop and make their cars for the challenge. What schools need to think about: 

1. Completing submissions to include (car, portfolio and verbal presentation) ready for submission:

– Electronically (portfolio etc..) – 12th March, 2021

– Prepare for virtual ‘verbal presentations’ 

– Physically (Cars will need to be posted) 17th March, 2021

2. Register teams, all schools taking part will need to register your teams, using the following link:

Your teams need to registered for: ENG: Shropshire regional final and you will need to decide whether they are entering for:

– Entry class

– Development class

– Professional class 

3. Seek support from MCMT and your business mentor 

On behalf of MCMT we would like to connect with all teams to support you in motivating the students in completing submissions, we can support by: 

– Getting involved in team meetings to support with motivation and engagement (we can do this via teams) 

– Manufacturing cars and parts

– Testing cars 

– We will help any way we can to maintain your involvement

What this means for businesses supporting…

Businesses supporting can still arrange to support their school remotely and can help with advice, guidance, sponsorship etc.. We will ensure all businesses involved are visible on pre recorded videos that will form part of the virtual regional event. We can also request that businesses are part of the regional event if that is what businesses want. 

What this means for prospective judges….

The team will still be looking for judges for the regional final to help them Judge the portfolios and cars, the format of this will be virtual as well of course, so anyone that is interested please get in touch and again we could arrange for judges to have some of presence in the filming of the regional event. 

To give you some idea of what the virtual event may look like, please see the link to this years National Final:

If you or your school would like to get involved in the F1 in Schools, Shropshire Regional Final, please get in touch, for more information and to contact us see the flyer attached: 

F1 in Schools Flyer – Download Doc >

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