Open the Doors and Let Them In

PTG is integrating graduate students from the University of Manchester to experience real world working conditions at the company's headquarters.

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I recently read about PTG’s (Precision Technology Group) efforts to integrate graduate students from the University of Manchester (England) to experience real world working conditions at the company’s headquarters at Milnrow. The aim is for Masters of Science (MSc) students in the School of Business to be equipped with academic knowledge and practical skills to help them as effective business consultants in a global context.

MSc and business analysis students spend up to 12 weeks working as external consultants at PTG’s Milnrow headquarters. As we’ve reported many times, manufacturing is on its own to help train and educate the next generation of skilled workers, and this program is an example of how companies are coping with the shortage.

In the case of this program, students and the PTG benefit from the exchange of knowledge between the company and the academics the students bring to the party. It’s a win-win scenario for both.

According to PTG, it is dedicated to the advancement of machine tool technologies, graduate skills and apprentice training. Working in concert with academia, this program is an example that can play out in many markets around the world. Manufacturing skills shortages are a global problem.