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Motorsport and auto manufacturers sign up to 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative
Nearly thirty companies from the UK automotive sector have signed up to the government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative which aims to improve the image of manufacturing and to attract the brightest and best talent into industry.
The companies will throw open their doors in October so that school children and students can get a look behind the scenes at what a career in manufacturing or engineering can offer.
In June there will be a number of co-ordinated regional events to promote the open days through teachers and careers advisers.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: "Young people buy and use the latest gadgets and products but we also need them to think how exciting it could be to design, engineer or make them too.
"We want them to See Inside Manufacturing and inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to create a whole range of new iconic UK based products that are exported worldwide."
See Inside Manufacturing will focus on young people to encourage take up of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects as well as undergraduates considering their future career options. All the automotive activities are being co-ordinated by the joint industry/government Automotive Council.
Paula Leach, learning and development manager at Ford of Britain, said: "Ford Motor Company are delighted to be involved in the See Inside Manufacturing initiative. We are already engaged in many outreach activities with our local schools and communities and are passionate about sharing the exciting world of the automotive industry with young people. This initiative enables greater co-ordination across the industry to inspire young people to get involved with engineering."
Mike Wright, executive director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We not only support the See Inside Manufacturing initiative, but already have a number of programmes that are targeting similar objectives, including the Jaguar-sponsored GT in Schools national competition.
"A clear focus on promoting engineering excellence and highlighting the exciting career opportunities in the automotive industry for both apprentices and graduates is vital if the UK is to maintain a leading role in advanced research and development and manufacturing."
Miguel Fragoso, Millbrook managing director, said: "For many years Millbrook has supported young people's involvement in the automotive sector through a wide variety of schemes, both within and outside of our business. This includes undergraduate placements and graduate development programmes, supporting college and university courses and working with schools to showcase engineering as an exciting and rewarding career choice.
"Millbrook's unique position supporting the entire automotive supply chain allows us to offer a broad range of career options and experience. We are delighted to be involved with this Government initiative to stimulate the interest of tomorrow's scientists and engineers who represent the future prosperity of our industry."
The automotive sector is spearheading See Inside Manufacturing this year, which will be rolled out across the wider manufacturing sector in 2012.
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