Over 40 DTA apprentices attended the MACH Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 11th April. MACH is a trade show which takes place every 2 years' and deals specifically in engineering based manufacturing. The trip was organised by DTA's Training and Assessment Manager, Bob Watmore, to allow apprentices to look at the new advancement in technology within the engineering industry. DTA have previously taken apprentices in 2016 and 2014 and all commented that they benefited from attending the exhibition.
The apprentices attended MACH for 4 hours' where they were able to have a walk around and take a look at different engineering companies and what they were exhibiting - these included DNG, Siemens, Jaguar Landrover and Unison.
Mechanical Trainers Bob Hardie and Colin Frank who attended the exhibition said that even though the apprentices had a long day they were all keen to see the advancements in technology that were relevant to their apprenticeships; from AutoDesk CAD 3D modelling, live-tooling CNC and multi-spindle CNC as well as a dedicated fabrication and welding site with plasma and laser cutters and press brakes. Both Trainers also commented that it was great to see other College's and Training Providers benefiting from the exhibition.
Feedback from the apprentices was that they found MACH to be beneficial to their learning to see what different technology was out there but the exhibition was so large that it was impossible to get round everything!
DTA are pleased that over 40 apprentices chose to benefit from the trip and are proud of them for taking part in a 14 hour day to benefit their learning and their apprenticeship programmes.