UK automotive to top the bill again as See Inside Manufacturing returns next month

04 May 2012 #SMMT News

Following the extraordinary success of the very first ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ scheme that the automotive industry piloted in 2011, SMMT is pleased to confirm a highly impressive level of commitment from UK automotive that will once again deliver captivating events up and down the country throughout June.

Supported by the Automotive Council and announced by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, around thirty companies from across UK automotive have already signed-up to deliver a broad range of activities set to inspire Britain’s bright young talent and enlighten teachers and careers advisors of the challenging, rewarding, and highly skilled roles available within industry.

The hugely positive response to last year’s automotive-led initiative prompted Secretary of State Vince Cable to announce its return earlier this year, expanding the scheme to include the food and drinks, defence and aerospace industries. Aiming to build on its brilliant start, companies keen to be involved can still register their interest by e-mail to

Designed to give young people from across the UK a glimpse of what it is like to work in one of the most innovative and vibrant manufacturing sectors, the initiative also informs participants about the sector’s important economic and social role. Industry employs more than 730,000 people, across design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, aftermarket and retail sectors and takes-on around 14, 000 apprentices every year.

The sector skills council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) conducted a ‘See Inside’ participant survey last year, results included:

  • Over 85% of teachers and young people thought the overall event and contact with the automotive sector was excellent.
  • 85% of young people said their knowledge of a career in the automotive sector was better following the event.
  • More than half of all young people would now consider a career in automotive following the event.
  • 82% of teachers were likely to advise a career in automotive following the event.

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