Over 650 people are expected to be at the MCMT’s 36,000 sq ft facility on Friday to be given the chance to explore the centre’s latest technology in robotics, metrology, CNC machines and 3D printing. They will also have the chance to meet some of the first cohort of apprentices, whilst expert trainers will be on hand to explain why apprenticeships aren’t just for young people.

“We are now training over 60 apprentices, who are studying towards their mechatronics, machining, tool making, welding and production operative apprenticeships,” explained Matthew Snelson, managing director of MCMT.

“This is just the start and we are now undergoing a major recruitment exercise, with another 30 places up for immediate starts and then another 100 planned for the next twelve months.”

He continued: “The feedback from our first cohort has been fantastic and we thought what better way to celebrate our first twelve months then giving local pupils, parents, schools and adults the chance to find out what makes MCMT different to traditional training centres.

“Embarking on an apprenticeship could be worth as much as £100,000 when you consider the wages you earn whilst learning and the money you save on University fees. A pretty powerful argument.”

In addition to the open day, the event at Stanmore Industrial Estate will also host the Shropshire Manufacturing Partnership’s regular meeting and a special celebration event to highlight some of the major achievers in its first year.