Several different companies - including Caterpillar, Torus, Arconic Fastening Systems and Doncasters - recently sent their new recruits to train with MCMT’s array of new technology and equipment, ranging from CNC machines and metrology, through to fluid power systems, welding bays and robotics.

MCMT also plan further expansion, with more than 30 additional apprentice places open between now and the end of November.

“The appetite for full and part-time apprenticeships has never been higher in Shropshire, despite national figures suggesting otherwise,” explained Rhian Emery, Business Development Advisor at MCMT.

“Local companies recognise the importance of giving their young people the best possible training and in-depth learning experience, so when they go full-time they will have the biggest possible impact.”

She continued: “We also very work closely with employers to make sure we match them with the individuals that best suit their needs. This is an important starting point and, when you combine this with over £3m of technology and industry-led training, it’s not difficult to see why we have reached all of our targets.

“The demand is definitely there and that’s why we have decided to open up a new cohort for November…now we need firms to come forward and take advantage of it.”