Mach 2018

09-13 April 2018

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Careers Guidance & Teacher Resources

Supporting the next generation of engineers

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) collaborates with various organisations within the industry, all working together to support teachers and schools with links to the industry.  On this page you will find links to various websites that contain a wide range of useful information and resources for both teachers, students and those that have just started working in the industry.

Technology, Design & Innovation Challenge

In addition to MACH, the MTA also organises the annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge for D&T and Engineering students aged 14-19.  Students simply submit their existing coursework projects, so no extra work is required.  There are prizes of up to £2,000 for the winning school to spend on classroom equipment, plus student prizes including iPads, UE Boom speakers, drones and more. Closing date Friday 11 May 2018. For more information, visit the TDI Challenge website.

External links

All About STEM

All about STEM is a fantastic website that hosts links to a wide range of STEM resources.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Resources on apprenticeships for parents teachers and students

Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair holds events across the UK, has a wide range of careers information, teaching resources and also holds regional Big Bang Competitions


Bloodhound SSC The main aim of the BLOODHOUND Project is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The BLOODHOUND Education Programme is available to all primary and secondary schools, students in further and higher education, home educators and children’s groups and clubs, and includes a wide range of resources that are free to download. You can find BLOODHOUND SSC in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.

Design & Technology Association (DATA)

DATA understands that D&T is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. DATA has a wide range of resources available for download from its resource shop, some of which are free of charge.  You can find DATA in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.


EDT delivers over 40,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences each year, for young people age 9 -21 across the UK

Find an Apprenticeship

The Government’s official apprenticeship search engine

Get up to Speed with STEM

Get up to Speed with STEM is a chance to see some of the UK's most exciting science, technology & engineering inventions, and meet the people who design, build and operate them!

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday

The IET has a wide range of resources for both primary and secondary schools, STEM activities and challenge days. IET Faraday aims to make lessons even more engaging by showing that the learning has real-life applications via case studies that showcase some of the most innovative examples of current engineering and technology from around the world.


The Imagineering Foundation introduces 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities. Imagineering runs after school clubs throughout the UK. You can find Imagineering in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.

Industrial Cadets

Industrial Cadets is an industry-led work experience programme, and is an exciting way for educators to enrich the curriculum, with inspiring activities that explore careers in industry, supported mentored by industry role models. You can find Industrial Cadets in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.

Made Here Now

Made Here Now is an initiative to change perceptions of UK manufacturing and attract more talent to the sector, and gives guidance on education pathways and career possibilities.


Siemens are the first engineering company in the UK to launch their own unique STEM skills programme with digital badges, based on the Siemens award winning STEM education portal resources. You can find Siemens in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.

Smallpeice Trust

For 50 years, the Smallpeice Trust have been giving young people everything they need to fuel their passion for engineering, helping to make their big ideas a reality with the help of parents, teachers, universities and corporate partners.

STEM Learning

STEM Learning provides a wide range of CPD events for teachers.  Apprentices and Graduates already working in industry can also sign up to be a STEM Ambassador and participate in STEM visits to schools and colleges, helping to inspire the next generation. You can find STEM Learning in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.

Tomorrow’s Engineers

You can download a range of careers resources, classroom activities and presentations free of charge from the Tomorrow’s Engineers website

Tomorrow’s Engineers will also have representatives available at the MTA stand (H19-100) throughout the exhibition, who will be able to speak to any exhibitors that would like to learn more about engaging with schools by providing industry related activities.

University Technical Colleges

Information on technical, hands-on education for students across the UK aged 14 upwards

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WISE run interactive sessions and also host a range of downloadable resources via the website.  You can find WISE in the E&D Zone at MACH 2018.