By Claire West

More young people and teachers will be given the chance to get behind the scenes of the manufacturing industry thanks to an expanded Government and industry scheme, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced today.

See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) involves businesses opening their doors to young people and teachers, allowing them a first-hand view of modern manufacturing and the exciting careers available.

SIM will now be expanded from three to ten sectors with seven new industries joining automotive, aerospace, and food & drink.

Business Secretary Vince Cable 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“See Inside Manufacturing plays an important part in challenging outdated perceptions of manufacturing.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."

SIM is part of the industrial strategy work to ensure business can attract the talent they need for growth. The full list of sectors taking part are:

Oil & Gas
Offshore Wind
Life Sciences
Food & drink

The Business Secretary announced the extension ahead of a conference to mark the one year anniversary of the Government’s Industrial Strategy being held next week.

Led by trade bodies in each sector, the SIM initiative will be expanded as widely as possible with a particular focus on those who are under-represented in manufacturing, including women, ethnic minority groups and disabled young people. Manufacturers in each industry sector will provide young people and teachers with insight on the diversity of career opportunities offered by manufacturing. This year the range of manufacturers involved will expand to include supply chain businesses and small and medium sized businesses.

For those interested in finding out more, the See Inside Manufacturing portal has further information at