Aerospace employers are to open their doors to hundreds of students to showcasing work taking place as part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' See Inside Manufacturing initiative.
The scheme, which is run in partnership with industry, is now in its third year and will this year encompass ten industry sectors, one of which includes aerospace.
The programme aims to transform the perception of manufacturing by dispelling myths and giving students and teachers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the development of cutting edge technologies for themselves.
This year, the scheme will kick off for the aerospace sector with a Bombardier engineer visit to St Mary’s school in Portgenone to help students in building their own model aircraft on 2 October.
Throughout the month, employers such as JJ Churchill, Rolls Royce and Selex ES will join Bombardier in visiting or hosting students in their area to show them more about the sector.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group said: “It is essential we continue to attract young and talented people into the industry to meet increasing demand and the development of new technologies.
“See Inside Manufacturing is a fantastic opportunity for students and teachers to get an insight into the UK’s aerospace industry and it has already proved successful in opening the eyes of young people to the opportunities in our sector.”
Since its launch in 2011, See Inside Manufacturing has grown quickly from a small pilot initiative into an event of increasing importantance in school and college calendars.
Around 85 per cent of students that have taken part in the programmes say they would consider a career in manufacturing, demonstrating how a real look behind the scenes of Britain’s manufacturers can truly influence and change career choice.