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Praise given to a “remarkable” new engineering training facility.

GW were on hand to welcome Jake Berry, the Government’s secretary for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, to its £4 million Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) to experience first-hand the work being done to help improve skills in the local workforce.

Grainger and Worrall (GW), who are part of the MCMT consortium, were delighted to be able to show the secretary around the 36,000sq ft training centre on the Stanmore Industrial estate, alongside consortium partners Marches LEP, Classic Motor Cars, Salop Design & Engineering, and training provider In-Comm.

Here at GW our people are our strongest asset and to see the first cohort of apprentices, ready to embark on their career journey, arriving at the MCMT is really rewarding, that’s why we invest so heavily in the training and development of people’s careers. The MCMT is another example of GW’s commitment to developing the skills of people entering the industry has never wavered, and the MCMT only reinforces this.

Local growth and Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry said the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology (MCMT) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire will help create the “engineers of tomorrow,” during a visit this week ahead of its official opening on 10 November.

The facility will provide apprenticeships and specialist training for existing staff. It has dedicated fabrication, lathe, metrology, milling, robotics and vehicle trimming sections, and a specialist CNC zone with more than £1m worth of machines donated by the Engineering Technology Group.

The MCMT is “a fantastic example of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), local employers and a training provider working together to equip young people with the real-life skills they will need,” said Berry, who met the first group of apprentices.