Search for a star as Govt seeks young manufacturing icons

Posted on 29 Feb 2012

Business Minister Mark Prisk has launched a nationwide search for 30 rising stars under the age of 30 who are employed in the manufacturing sector.

The ’30 Under 30 search, part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. Nominations are invited from all areas of manufacturing, including fashion, textiles, bio-medical and aerospace, among others. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts who will be looking for truly exceptional young employees.

“Modern design, engineering and manufacturing offer varied and rewarding jobs for young people, yet many don’t realise this,” said Mr Prisk. “We want 30 young people working in industry to explain to their generation just what they’re missing.”

The Make it in Great Britain campaign was launched in November 2011 by Mark Prisk and Vince Cable at a stakeholder event attended by 150 UK manufacturers and trade associations. It will culminate in an exhibition of modern British manufacturing companies and products at the Science Museum, coinciding with the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brian Stone, a Make it in Great Britain Champion and body construction manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are finding it increasingly hard to recruit the talent that we need if the industry is to continue to grow. I hope that by highlighting the successful careers that are being enjoyed by young people all over the country we will encourage fresh talent into the industry.”

The newly selected employees will play an important role in promoting manufacturing careers to the next generation, highlighting the diversity of jobs in the sector which include design, sales, marketing and business management.

There are multiple routes into manufacturing careers, such as apprenticeships or studying Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) at college or university. It is hoped that the ’30 Under 30′ will encourage more young people to see the opportunities the industry has to offer.

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