MTEC Engineering Projects

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by MTEC Engineering Projects's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from MTEC Engineering Projects is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Visit to MTEC Coventry offices in
2014 by Peter Burns, President
of the Coventry & Warwickshire
Chamber of Commerce
Typical MTEC
developed interior
MTEC Engineering Projects offers a broad range of
programme, engineering, design and support services
to customers predominately in the automotive sector.
Business Director Ashley Crump says the company capitalised
on fresh momentum in the automotive market after the global
financial crisis. Ashley says the UK’s vibrant automotive market
needs to look at how it can secure its future. He believes the
answer lies in bringing more young people into the fold.
We are a world-class engineering services provider working predominantly, but not
exclusively, within the automotive sector. Established in 2010, our company set out
to build on the success of our sister company, MTEC Engineering Solutions Limited,
which operates within the recruitment sector. Our goal was to create a world-class
company that could offer clients full programme delivery from concept generation
through to product realisation.
We have delivered a variety of automotive projects, whether vehicles or vehicle
systems, for UK automotive original equipment manufacturers, in addition to
developing products for the automotive supplier base within the UK and Europe.
We are an ISO 9001 accredited business and have developed a team of highly-
trained and experienced engineers that utilise a variety of computer-aided design
tools to deliver world-class engineering solutions to our clients.
FACTS ABOUT
MTEC ENGINEERING PROJECTS
»Business Director:
AshleyCrump
»Established in 2010
»Based in Coventry
»Services: Engineering, design
and support services for the
automotive sector
»No. of team members: 120
MTEC Engineering
Projects
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AUTOMOTIVE
Growing from adversity
The company was formed as the
automotive market was regaining
momentum following the recession
of 2008/09, during which time car
manufacturers had significantly
reduced the number of development
programmes for new vehicles and new
vehicle variants.
The business has since grown year-
on-year to become one of the most
reputable engineering service providers
in the UK with a turnover of £15
million per year. This culminated in the
company being awarded Outstanding
SME Employer of the Year by the
Prince of Wales at the Industrial Cadets
awards in 2018, and again in 2019.
It was critical for the company to
quickly establish its credentials for
project delivery within the market,
which necessitated the continued
development of leading programme
managers, engineers and designers.
This was crucial in supporting the
growth of the business and we
adopted a three level approach in
order to attract and develop the team:
traditional recruitment methods,
supported by sister company MTEC
Engineering Solutions; undergraduate
year-out placement schemes
supported by Coventry University and
apprenticeship schemes supported by
the Industrial Cadets programme.
Attracting young people into
the sector
A challenge for all modern engineering
businesses is ensuring that we attract
young people into the business,
the young people who will form
the next generation of engineers.
Misconceptions persist within schools
and colleges about engineering being
a dirty, factory and machine-based
environment. The reality of modern
engineering and design is far removed
from this and we believe it is of the
utmost importance to make the case
to young people that there are many
engineering career opportunities
available to them, to ensure the talent
within the sector flourishes and grows.
With this in mind, we embraced working
with the Industrial Cadets Programme.
The Industrial Cadets Programme is
co-ordinated by the national education
charity EDT, on behalf of HRH The
Prince of Wales, with initiative being
overseen by a national leadership team.
We have adopted the scheme as a
means of attracting young people and
particularly young women into the field
of engineering. Through introducing
young people at an early stage, we
are able to dispel the misconceptions
surrounding engineering and showcase
the potential for a career in a modern
engineering environment. The
Industrial Cadets organisation, with the
support of HRH the Prince of Wales,
continue to do great work in dispelling
this traditional image of engineering,
and despite being a relatively small
organisation, we play an active part in
furthering this message and cause.
In essence, the Industrial Cadet
Programme offers employers a
formalisation of a traditional work
experience programme for children
between the ages of 14 and 18. We
accept approximately twenty Cadets
onto the scheme each year, which is
2018 Industrial Cadet
awards. Left to right:
EDT CEO Julie Feest,
Stephen Hanson, the
Prince of Wales, Ashley
Crump and Stephen
Metcalfe MP
It was critical
for the
company to
quickly
establish its
credentials for
project delivery
within the
market, which
necessitated
the continued
development
of leading
programme
managers,
engineers and
designers
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19MTEC ENGINEERING PROJECTS |
AUTOMOTIVE
Growing from adversity
The company was formed as the
automotive market was regaining
momentum following the recession
of 2008/09, during which time car
manufacturers had significantly
reduced the number of development
programmes for new vehicles and new
vehicle variants.
The business has since grown year-
on-year to become one of the most
reputable engineering service providers
in the UK with a turnover of £15
million per year. This culminated in the
company being awarded Outstanding
SME Employer of the Year by the
Prince of Wales at the Industrial Cadets
awards in 2018, and again in 2019.
It was critical for the company to
quickly establish its credentials for
project delivery within the market,
which necessitated the continued
development of leading programme
managers, engineers and designers.
This was crucial in supporting the
growth of the business and we
adopted a three level approach in
order to attract and develop the team:
traditional recruitment methods,
supported by sister company MTEC
Engineering Solutions; undergraduate
year-out placement schemes
supported by Coventry University and
apprenticeship schemes supported by
the Industrial Cadets programme.
Attracting young people into
the sector
A challenge for all modern engineering
businesses is ensuring that we attract
young people into the business,
the young people who will form
the next generation of engineers.
Misconceptions persist within schools
and colleges about engineering being
a dirty, factory and machine-based
environment. The reality of modern
engineering and design is far removed
from this and we believe it is of the
utmost importance to make the case
to young people that there are many
engineering career opportunities
available to them, to ensure the talent
within the sector flourishes and grows.
With this in mind, we embraced working
with the Industrial Cadets Programme.
The Industrial Cadets Programme is
co-ordinated by the national education
charity EDT, on behalf of HRH The
Prince of Wales, with initiative being
overseen by a national leadership team.
We have adopted the scheme as a
means of attracting young people and
particularly young women into the field
of engineering. Through introducing
young people at an early stage, we
are able to dispel the misconceptions
surrounding engineering and showcase
the potential for a career in a modern
engineering environment. The
Industrial Cadets organisation, with the
support of HRH the Prince of Wales,
continue to do great work in dispelling
this traditional image of engineering,
and despite being a relatively small
organisation, we play an active part in
furthering this message and cause.
In essence, the Industrial Cadet
Programme offers employers a
formalisation of a traditional work
experience programme for children
between the ages of 14 and 18. We
accept approximately twenty Cadets
onto the scheme each year, which is
2018 Industrial Cadet
awards. Left to right:
EDT CEO Julie Feest,
Stephen Hanson, the
Prince of Wales, Ashley
Crump and Stephen
Metcalfe MP
It was critical
for the
company to
quickly
establish its
credentials for
project delivery
within the
market, which
necessitated
the continued
development
of leading
programme
managers,
engineers and
designers
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a significant number in relation to the
size of our business. Each Cadet will
work in our Coventry office for 50
hours over a two week period. During
this time, they will be trained on a
computer-aided design package and
be given an outline brief to select an
item or product to design.
With the support of all our team,
the cadets embark on planning and
designing their chosen subject. Finally,
the Cadets will print a physical object
on our 3D printers in our prototype
workshop and make a presentation to
the Directors in terms of their brief, the
problems they have encountered and
overcome and explain what they have
learnt during their time with us.
The Cadets will then be eligible to
make an application to join our full time
apprenticeship scheme, and if successful,
through a combination of working
on live projects and studying through
the Open University, work towards
an Engineering Degree qualification.
Regardless of whether a cadet applies
or is accepted onto the scheme,
through their time with us we are able
to promote engineering and design
and would strongly advise that other
companies engage with the Industrial
Cadet’s programme to further this aim.
It has been particularly rewarding to see
a growing number of young women
participate, as historically the sector has
been a male-dominated environment.
We believe that the sector needs to
entice more women into engineering
careers to ensure we are able to service
the requirement for new engineers
in the future, and by capturing their
imagination at a young age through the
Industrial Cadets Programme, we will
continue to strive to achieve this.
The need to protect our sector
The opportunities that we have
capitalized upon as a business have
only existed as a result of a vibrant
automotive market within the UK.
This is a marketplace has become
considerably more challenging
over recent years. The impact of
“Dieselgate”, and the uncertainty in
relation to Brexit, have led to a decline
in investment into the automotive
sector by the major car companies.
Our business model depends upon a
vibrant engineering and automotive
sector and our continued growth will be
linked with the success of these sectors
as well as the economy as a whole. We
look to the political establishment to
create economic conditions whereby
the sector can continue to flourish
to ensure the continued success
and future of engineering and the
automotive sector in the UK.
We believe
that the sector
needs to
entice more
women into
engineering
careers
Typical MTEC Industrial
Cadet project
Car rack developed for
Sir Bradley Wiggins

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This article was sponsored by MTEC Engineering Projects. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development