This week, Caterpillar welcomed more than 50 Year nine and 10 students from local schools to its assembly plant at Desford, Leicestershire, as part of government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative. A day of activities was held on 13 June aimed at dispelling some commonly held misconceptions about careers in manufacturing by allowing students to see how Caterpillar’s iconic yellow diggers are produced.
“Our aim is to allow students to gain first-hand experience of the wide range of careers that our industry has to offer,” commented Simon Collins, Caterpillar’s HR Manager. “We frequently encounter a lack of appreciation of just how exciting an environment a modern manufacturing facility like ours can be. The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative allows us to build on our existing school visit programme and join other UK manufacturers in showcasing the very best of British industry.”
The students took part in a range of activities during their visit to Caterpillar including a simple assembly test and an understanding of the design process used by the company. Students also met graduate trainees and apprentices, who provided insights into their careers with Caterpillar.