Community Engagement

Community 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.

  1. We have a range of engagement opportunities available to all young people wanting to explore careers across the the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, which are detailed below or you can download our brochure here
  3. See the Brochure here

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.

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.

We provide  our career sessions both face to face and 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: Jayne Guest at

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 can take you on 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 an 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. 

For more information and to secure a booking please contact: Jayne Guest at

At MCMT we have developed a range of STEM Challenges to engage all young people in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHS.

Our Summer STEM Challenge is currently live and open to all young people aged 11 – 24 years.

The Challenge: To develop a new sustainable method of travel.

We are looking for concepts that are innovative, creative and will help transform travel. We are accepting entries from individuals or a group of up to four students.

Deadline: Friday 10th September, 2021


1. University of Wolverhampton Racing (UWR) is pleased to offer the winning team and their families a visit to a day of F3 Cup racing (maximum of four people per family). 

UWR is the only student team to compete in this single seater racing competition and the winner/s can meet the team, tour the paddock and watch the day of racing at a circuit of their choice, including Donnington Park, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. 

2. One of our partners Scottish Rural and Islands Transport Community (SRITC) will support in turning the winning ideas into reality! The winning entries will be put forward to a panel of global experts who will discuss the feasibility of your idea to support you in making it a reality! 

3. A bag full of goodies and merchandise from our partners. 

For more details and to access the challenge click on the following link:

*please note the original challenge date has changed. 

We also have a number of STEM challenges that we produced previously to support in connecting young people to a range of companies and offers them a platform to demonstrate skills across engineering and manufacturing, allowing them to explore which sectors you they are most suited to.

The previous challenges were released in two parts and are linked to six local companies to support young people in exploring the various companies and engineering sectors in their 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

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 sheets to support you getting involved in the challenge 

Download Link – Help Sheets


We have a range of videos to support you on your apprenticeship journey.

There is also lots of useful content to support your involvement with our STEM challenges.

    • MCMT has developed a 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 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



    Option 1: 2nd – 4th June 2021

    Option 2: 23rd – 25th June 2021

    Option 3: 18th – 20th August 2021

    All of the above dates are fully subscribed we will be releasing new dates for the Autumn Term soon. 

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    See the flyer below for more information

    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.

For further information on our workshop offer, please download the flyer from the button below:

Workshop Downloadable Content

We have modified our offer to address changes our face to face workshops 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.

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 >

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.

MCMT launched the first ever “Shropshire Regional F1 in Schools” event in December 2019, and we are currently supporting schools across the region.

Each school will be partnered with one of our local manufacturers to support them during the process, and give advice, guidance and 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. 

All schools taking part will need to register your teams, using the following link:

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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