School leavers 'see inside' motor trade

Motor trade opens manufacturing plants to students

Published:  14 October, 2011

The automotive industry is pioneering government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, will deliver a national programme of activities throughout October to inspire the next generation of budding engineers. The idea is that young people across the UK will get a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of what it's like to work in the nation's motor trade.

The initiative, which was launched in March by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, aims to challenge perceptions that the UK has an outdated manufacturing sector and encourage more young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in order to boost the UK's skills base.

Speaking on behalf of the automotive sector, Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "The scope and scale of the UK's automotive sector presents fantastic career and skills opportunities for young people. More than 700,000 people are employed across design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, aftermarket and retail sectors and UK engineers and executives are increasingly filling top jobs around the world. Despite challenging economic conditions, October's activities demonstrate the opportunities available and industry's commitment to attracting the brightest and best talent to the sector."

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