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. Just recently, one of our apprentices has been leading production on parts for vital ventilator equipment for example.

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 an £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…big names like Bridgnorth Aluminium, Doncasters and Grainger & Worrall, not to mention 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.

STEM Challenges

MCMT has developed a range of STEM Challenges whilst our students are working remotely. 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 will be releasing a new set of challenges each month so please keep checking back.

Deadline for submission – Tuesday 30th June

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 weeks we had originally scheduled were fully booked, but have sadly been put on hold due to Covid-19. However, the good news is that we are working towards making some of the content available online and to schools.

      As soon as it is safe to do so, we will look at new weeks where we can hold Pre-Apprenticeship weeks at our technical academies across the region. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email us at


      With face-to-face workshops currently unable to run, we are looking at ways in which we can run some virtual content and we are trialing running some Live Workshops with small groups.

      If you are interested in our Live Workshop offer, please get in touch.

      Workshop downloadable document >

      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 on Tuesday 19th January, 2021.

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

      F1 in Schools Flyer – Download Doc >

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