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Manufacturing Firm MPM Teams Up With TRS for Apprenticeships

Manufacturing firm MPM, in Bradford, has created five new apprenticeship roles and chosen TRS Training as its training partner. The five new recruits started their roles in September. They are all working towards successful completion of a Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship.

MPM has been manufacturing and supplying composite fibreglass tooling and products since 1978. The firm is a regular in the line-up for the annual industry Oscars, the Composites UK awards. Notably, they drive high manufacturing standards across the business: MPM possesses ISO 9001:2008 accreditation. 

MPM provides a range of industry services, so staff employed here canexpect to work across different manufacturing processes. Factory operations combine skilled manual techniques and state of the art technology. The company is a firm advocate of 6S methodologies.

New apprentices for MPM 

The latest recruits are based on the shop floor, working a shift pattern over four days. They will develop skills in line with the Lean Manufacturing Apprenticeship standard on-the-job, with comprehensive additional training provided by TRS. Areas covered on the apprenticeship standard include health and safety, problem-solving and quality control. 

Their TRS trainer, David Jones, says:

‘This is a great example of a company that is investing in the future today by developing recruits through apprenticeship. I am very much looking forward to working with MPM to develop professional skills in the recruits. In particular, because the business is family-owned with a strong work ethic, and because MPM’s focus on improvement shines through!’

During training sessions, David will equip the apprentices to work to the highest possible standards. MPM is already a fast-paced and efficient production environment. Strengthening and training their workforce through the lean manufacturing apprenticeship standard now will give their post-pandemic growth a boost. 

Next Generation of Workers

A workplace mentor will also specifically support the new apprentices. This more experienced member of staff will enhance their training journey. The insight provided by workplace mentors strengthens the abilities of the next generation of workers. 

Ben Wilson, Managing Director at MPM, says: 

‘One of the things that we enjoy doing is creating opportunities for people that maybe haven’t seen an opportunity and definitely not seen it through manufacturing. All of a sudden they wake up with a purpose in the morning and they come to work. They are adding value to the economy and our customers. Creating those opportunities is going to be important for MPM and the country as a whole.’

The recruits will be awarded the Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing as part of their apprenticeship. For further information about TRS Training’s Lean Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standard, please contact Kevin Birch at TRS Training on 01744 809 010 or fill in the enquiry form  on this webpage