By Daniel Hunter

Business Minister Mark Prisk today (Monday) officially launched this year’s See Inside Manufacturing programme to encourage young people to consider a career in manufacturing.

See Inside Manufacturing involves businesses from across the food & drink, aerospace & defence and automotive sectors who will open their doors for over 100 events throughout June to show young people, teachers and careers advisers what exciting opportunities exist in 21st century manufacturing.

Thousands of people are expected to visit iconic names such as Coca Cola, Mars, Warburtons, Aston Martin, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus and GKN Aerospace over the coming weeks and get hands on with the latest designs and technologies that make Britain one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations.

The Business Minister visited Coca Cola Enterprises in Edmonton, London where he joined pupils from Uxbridge College to see for himself how the famous drink is made.

“This year See Inside Manufacturing is bigger and better following the success of its pilot last year in the automotive sector — when over 1000 people visited 100 events across the country to learn more about the exciting opportunities available in manufacturing," Mr Prisk said.

“Now with the aerospace & defence and food & drink businesses taking part, we have our biggest ever opportunity to help change perceptions of manufacturing and give people a taste of what the industry is like today. I encourage as many people as possible to get involved and come along to one of the many events taking place throughout June.

“The See Inside Manufacturing programme complements the work of our Make it in Great Britain campaign, which is challenging the perceptions that we don’t make anything in this country anymore, and will culminate in an exhibition at the Science Museum during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Managing Director of Coca-Cola Enterprises Simon Baldry, said:

“CCE is committed to the development of young people, and we are fully supportive of Government efforts to educate the next generation about the world of manufacturing. We already have an established programme of initiatives and dedicated staff working to provide a valuable insight into our business, as well as the wider industry.

“In addition to the Edmonton facility, we have four other factory-based Education Centres at our sites across the UK, hosting around 20,000 students a year. Through these centres and our annual national education competition, the Real Business Challenge, we have built excellent relationships with schools throughout the country and hope to inspire more students into manufacturing and to become the business leaders of the future.”

See Inside Manufacturing sees Government working with industry and is being held in association with the Food and Drink Federation, Aerospace, Defence & Securities Industries Group and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

FDF Director of Communications Terry Jones said:

“We are delighted that the Business Minister Mark Prisk will get to ‘see inside’ Coca-Cola Enterprises today - one of our industry’s many shining examples of engaging the next generation in food and drink manufacturing.

“As an industry, we know that to realise our potential and to deliver our shared vision with Government of 20% growth by 2020, we will need to attract the best talent. Engaging with young people to bring to life a career in food and drink is a key priority for FDF, and the main driver behind our Taste Success — A Future in Food campaign. Programmes such as See Inside Manufacturing support this work by offering an invaluable opportunity for young people, teachers and careers advisers to learn more about food and drink manufacturing and what a great career choice it is.”

The extension of See Inside Manufacturing to the aerospace sector comes ahead of the Farnborough International Air Show next month. The Government has been working closely with the industry through the Aerospace Growth Partnership and will make a number of announcements at the event in July.

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