DTA celebrating 30 years' of engineering the future

DTA Staff & Apprentices (Credit to Gazette and Herald)

DTA are proud to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. After being set up by local industry leaders in 1988, DTA has continued to train apprentices for employers across York, Ryedale and the Yorkshire Coast. Over 30 years' the centre has trained over 650 apprentices, with a large percentage staying to work in the local area. 

Bob Watmore, Training and Assessment Manager said: ''We are very proud of the position that we have developed as the region's premier provider of technical apprenticeships for engineering and manufacturing. We value all of those who have contributed over the 30 years. We have great plans to not only celebrate this year but to continue our expansion supporting demand from employers across the region and providing the entry point for fantastic careers for the apprentices.''

DTA's current centre is on the outskirts of Malton with its industry-level equipment for everything from electronics to welding, which was opened in 2001 by our Patron, Lord Derwent. In 2007 there was an extension built, and in 2015 Lord Derwent was on site again to officially open a new £150,000 mechatronics workshop - that same year DTA introduced the Higher Apprenticeship programme. Recently, DTA has seen a number of successes - in the last 5 years' 8 apprentices and employers have gone on to win regional and national apprenticeship awards and in 2017, nine apprentices reached the National Finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge finishing 5th out of 8 teams selected from over 60 across the country. 

Richard Shaw, DTA Chairman and Managing Director of Ellis Patents said this of DTA: ''The things that set them apart are that the trainers are not teachers - they have practical, real world experience and work hard to tailor their delivery to suit every individual apprentices needs. To them it is a vocation, not a job. This is what sets us apart from the rest, not a glitzy building or a room full of Macs. The remarkable achievements DTA deliver is something we have been proud of from the past 30 years'.  DTA  is unique to North Yorkshire and a gem to be cherished.''

We are pleased to be sharing our 30th Anniversary with the Governments' Year of Engineering Campaign and will continue Shaping the Future of Engineering. 

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