the country will get the chance to see one of the UK’s vanguard
industries today (29 June) as companies in the automotive sector
throw open their doors in a pilot for a new government initiative.
As part of the See Inside Manufacturing programme, the Government
and industry are calling on the budding young engineers of
tomorrow to see how they can play a role in designing, developing
or producing some of the world’s most desired and ground-breaking products.
The automotive sector is spearheading the campaign this year
inviting pupils, teachers and careers advisers to see first hand
some of the UK’s world-class automotive and motorsport facilities
and research centres.
They will be able to talk to apprentices and learn more about
modern high-value manufacturing and the wide range of rewarding
jobs in this exciting and diverse sector.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“The UK has one of the most diverse auto sectors in the world. It
is vital for us to enthuse the next generation about the
opportunities these industries have for them.
“Anyone who visits the research labs or production facilities
that drive our economy cannot fail to be impressed. This
initiative will give thousands of school pupils and their teachers
an experience they may never forget.
“I hope the people who take advantage of this opportunity leave
with a better understanding of how they can aspire to be part of
the success story of British automotive manufacturing.”
Minister for Manufacturing Mark Prisk said:
“Today teachers and careers advisers across the country will get
a unique opportunity to see the excitement and sense of
achievement that careers in industry could bring to young people
in their working lives.
“Our manufacturing industries are known around the world for
high-tech, high-quality products. Some of these are brands
recognisable to millions, but we are also known for the smaller
firms who have carved out a niche in which their skills and
innovation are unmatched.
“To secure long-term growth in the UK we must make sure the next
generation has both the skills to succeed and the aspiration to
use these skills to unlock their own potential.”
More than 35 companies and organisations from the automotive
sector including some of the most well known names in the
Britain’s car industry are supporting See Inside Manufacturing.
The automotive sector is trailblazing this year and it is expected
that See Inside Manufacturing will be rolled out to the wider
manufacturing sector next year.
Vince Cable is attending See Inside Manufacturing events at BMW’s
MINI plant in Oxford and the catalyst manufacturer Johnson Matthey
in Royston, while Mark Prisk is visiting Toyota’s engine plant in
Deeside and GM’s plant at Ellesmere Port.
The See Inside Manufacturing programme will show the importance
of the sector to the UK economy and inspire young people to take
up a career in engineering, whether in designing, building or
testing new products.
Manufacturing accounts for 55 per cent of UK exports and is vital
to the country’s long-term economic success.
This programme is one example of how government and industry are
working together to tackle high youth unemployment rates and train
more skilled engineers, alongside other measures including:
Increased investment in apprenticeships,New national prize for
engineering,A new all-age national careers service,Giving colleges
and training providers more freedom to work with local businesses
to help them meet skills needs.
Notes to Editors
1. Companies taking part in the automotive pilot of See Inside
Manufacturing events are:
Jaguar Land Rover
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Motor Manufacturers and Traders
2. The full schedule of activities is available on the
Automotive Council website here.
The open days will take place between 10-21 October.
3. Earlier this month:
BMW announced new investment of £500m in its UK production
network over the next three years safeguarding 5,000 jobs.Nissan
announced a £192m investment safeguarding 6,000 jobs with the news
the next version of the Qashqai would be designed and built in
Britain.Toyota is to export its Avensis model to Japan. The car is
made at its Burnaston plant with engines from its Deeside plant.
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