Maritime & Engineering College North West

Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), formerly known as the Laird Foundation, and now part of Mersey Maritime Group (MMG), has operated since 1998 as a centre of vocational excellence for the maritime, engineering, manufacturing and related sectors.

The college has a very successful record of delivering high quality training services for both learners and employers including apprenticeships, workforce development and other government-funded programmes. It enjoys strong partnerships with several high profile manufacturing and maritime companies as well as key public sector bodies.

MECNW boasts a stunning 6500m2 of purpose-built riverside premises next to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. It features state-of-the-art workshops, classrooms, IT suites, offices and conference facilities, as well as its own operational dry dock and ample parking.


Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, Train to Gain, Skill Works, schools programmes,  bespoke training, conference facilities, new training simulators for port activity; health and safety, and international trade.

Specialist sectors

Mechanical engineering, heavy and light fabrication and welding, pipe fitting, health & safety, manufacturing, business improvement techniques

Strengths, achievements and expertise

  • Ofsted Inspection Grade 2 – ‘Good’
  • 80% Success rates in apprenticeships
  • Listed on QIA best practice database for health and safety, and for equality and diversity flash cards learning aids
  • Setting industry standards for apprenticeship first year off the job training (ECITB).
  • Operating a first class mentoring programme for specialising apprentices in readiness for shipyard operations (Cammell Laird)
  • For employers, MECNW can offer funded support for relevant training they may require for their existing workforce through a mix of available funding options. Contact further details.

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250 pre apprentices
175 apprentices
450 Train to Gain clients
Workforce development learners
2000 employers (across whole Mersey Maritime Group)


Monks Ferry,
CH41 5LH


0151 666 1028