Industry has welcomed the launch of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative which enables pupils, teachers and careers advisers to see firsthand some of the UK’s automotive facilities and research centres.
The campaign, part of the government’s efforts to promote a modern, high technology, high value and highly skilled face of manufacturing, aims to provide schoolchildren, parents and careers with a better understanding of career opportunities in the industry.
It is being headed initially by the automotive sector and is intended to be expanded next spring throughout other manufacturing sectors.
Tim Bradshaw, CBI head of enterprise and Innovation, said: “This programme gives pupils, teachers and careers advisors an invaluable practical insight into our leading automotive industry. It will provide a fresh perspective on the many different skills and careers available to help inspire the next generation of researchers, designers and engineers.”
The organisation also urged schools to “take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about our world-class manufacturing industries.”
EEF also welcomed the launch of the campaign. The manufacturers’ organisation is already very active in trying to change the common perception of the sector: one of the latest initiatives it announced in order to tackle this issue is the first national manufacturing photography awards.
Terry Scuoler, EEF chief executive, said: “For too long there has been a stereotypical image of our sector which is way out of line with reality. Modern manufacturing is a vibrant arena in which to operate with technology, processes and people. This campaign is the chance for manufacturing companies and their workforce to help do something about this image and change the way people perceive our sector.“