The news comes following The Department of Education (DfE) confirming that the MTC has now been approved to become a provider and placed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

Says Paul Rowlett, managing director of the MTC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre: "We are delighted to have joined the Register of Approved Training Providers and we look forward to supporting the manufacturing sector with high quality apprenticeship training programmes."

The DfE announcement means that all levy funded employers will be able to spend their levy with the MTC on the advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programme. Non-levy employers will also still be able to work with the MTC by using the government funded approach.

While the MTC continues to work with traditional 16-18-year-old apprentices they will also now be able to work with adults who are already in employment to either up-skill, multi-skill or retrain up to degree level apprenticeships.

Adds Christian Warden, head of skills development for the MTC: "The successful admission on to RoATP will allow the MTC to continue its future-focused world leading apprenticeship, skills and development programmes.

"This will allow employers to maximise their levy spend with our programmes, giving a genuine return on investment and business impact, while ensuring they become increasingly globally competitive.”