Back in January last year, the UK’s leading advanced manufacturers and government met to discuss how they could work together to promote manufacturing excellence, challenge perceptions of the industry and dispel the myth that Britain doesn’t make anything anymore.
What followed was an outstanding response from UK automotive as more than forty companies participated in the very first series of See Inside Manufacturing events. A recent SEMTA survey heralded the initiative an enormous success with over half of those of school age who attended an event saying they would now consider a career in the industry, and more than 80% of teachers and careers advisors now likely to advise a career in UK automotive manufacturing. The success lead Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to announce the return of ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ with events running throughout June 2012.
Thanks to the inspiring range of events held across automotive, this year sees the initiative expand to include food and drink, defence and aerospace sectors.
Events last year recognised the UK as a world leader in making high-tech products and the latest figures show manufacturing growth has reached a 16-year high, but there remains concern that the image of the sector is restricting its ability to attract the best young talent, and if continued, could eventually lead to a slowdown in long-term growth.
Commenting on the UK industry’s successful first campaign, Business Minister, Mark Prisk, said, “It’s great news that we are rolling out ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ following a successful trial last year. We are proud to have the automotive industry sign up once again to this scheme, where they will now be joined by the food and drink, aerospace and defence industries. “We want to demonstrate the true value of manufacturing, and this will give young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing – highly skilled, high-tech and highly paid.”