Automotive industry to give young people behind-the-scenes access to manufacturing

05 September 2013 #SMMT News

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced its latest See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) scheme, which will give youngsters the chance to experience the car manufacturing industry at first hand, in a programme that runs throughout October.

SIM, which was first trialled with the automotive industry in 2011, gives companies the chance to open their doors to young people and give them a taste of modern manufacturing, as well as providing a valuable insight into future career opportunities in the industry.

While aerospace and food & drink have since joined automotive in taking part in SIM, this year will see seven new sectors added to the tally of participants.

These new sectors include nuclear, oil & gas, offshore wind, construction, life sciences, electronics and chemicals.

Vince Cable, Business Secretary, said, “See Inside Manufacturing plays an important part in challenging outdated perceptions of manufacturing. In the past year alone it has helped thousands of young people see just how dynamic the industry is, with nearly nine in ten saying they would now consider a career in manufacturing.

“Today’s expansion sees seven more sectors involved, including oil and gas, offshore wind and the life sciences, all of which are crucial to supporting the growing UK economy. I share the enthusiasm shown by manufacturers to inspire young people to get involved in these rewarding careers.”

Further announcements relating to the events will be made later this month.

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