Skills development teams to play key role at MACH 2022

MACH 2022, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 4-8 April, will have a dedicated Education & Development (E&D) Zone with different organisations taking part.

The zone will feature special displays from Airbus Defence & Space, University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team, Lincoln Electric Virtual Welding and the Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre.

Airbus Defence & Space will be displaying its ExoMars Rover ground demonstration model, Bruno. Bruno is the Earth-based testing model of its counterpart the Rosalind Franklin Rover, which will ultimately search for life on Mars. The ExoMars will be demonstrating how it can navigate the surface of Mars, while staff from Airbus will be showing how they communicate remotely with the rover and will be answering questions from young engineers keen to learn more about engineering in the air and space sectors.

The University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team is an initiative to provide students, from the University of Wolverhampton, with industry experience by working as part of a professional team in a competitive Motorsport environment. The team will be displaying a selection of cars from its race team.

Lincoln Electric will be bringing several of its virtual welding machines that are successfully used in training people to weld, and the Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre, a fully equipped metrology lab on wheels, will also be at MACH.

Students from Year 7 upwards attending the show will also be offered guided tours of the exhibition. These will be led by apprentices and graduates close to their own age and who are already working within the industry.

Exhibitors including the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, Renishaw, Siemens and Yamazaki Mazak will also be showcasing apprenticeships and graduate training schemes and what a career in manufacturing could offer.

Official registration for schools or academies wishing to visit MACH is now open, and can be done by visiting the website below

James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), said: “The MTA and its members are all ambassadors for the manufacturing technologies industries and will be only too happy to pass on the benefit of their knowledge to willing new recruits. Bringing the STEM subjects to life by showing the benefits of their real-life applications is what MACH excels at.”


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