MGS Technical Plastics was part of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders delegation which also included industry giants such as BMW and Nissan.
We are a vocal advocate of the apprenticeship scheme: each of its directors began their careers as apprentices and MGS recruited six new apprentices over the last 18 months.
At the House of Lords, the event showcased apprenticeships
of all disciplines from across the automotive industry with apprentices
speaking about their experiences to an audience of manufacturers, supply chain
companies and MPs.
The reception highlighted how hands-on training can be
combined with classroom learning to help young people find high quality jobs
while fulfilling the needs of British businesses.
The delegation also discussed how apprentices of different
types are employed throughout the supply chain, and in companies of all sizes,
while sharing advice and best practice tips.
Mark Preston, of MGS Technical Plastics, said: “Industries
such as ours require specialised skills and apprentices are the best way to
fill that need. We all need to inspire young people to consider it as a career
path and to promote the manufacturing and automotive industries as exciting and
“We need to show them what we do, the technical skills we
develop, the innovation we strive for, the responsibility we carry economically
and environmentally and of course show them what’s possible in terms of career
Mark added: “For MGS, it is an honour to be invited as part
of the SMMT delegation. We aren’t the largest company by size but it is clear
that we do have significant influence. We are on the SMMT Regional Engagement
board for the North and are the only plastic injection moulding company on this
board, and to be invited to this event along with BMW, Nissan and McLaren shows
that we are held in high regard.”
The apprentices who have joined MGS in the last 18 months
range from school-leavers beginning their careers through to managers looking
to boost their skills sets. They are: Lee Smith, Technician Apprentice; Steven
Hyde, Tool Room Apprentice; Dillon Tennant, Electro Mechanical Engineer Apprentice;
Simon Glasson, Leadership Apprenticeship; Glenn Miller, Leadership Apprenticeship;
and Mark Hartley, Technician Apprentice.