The automotive industry is the first to respond to the government’s first "See Inside Manufacturing" program. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover is opening its doors to aspiring engineers. With the use of its long standing and top rated educational courses, the biggest automotive employer in the United Kingdom will offer school children all over the Northwest and Midlands a one-of-a-kind knowledge into the energetic realm of advanced engineering and manufacturing.
During the rest of October, the company's Educational Business Partnership Centres at each of its engineering and advanced manufacturing facilities will offer hands-on program of activities to at least 120 students who are in their year 10 and 11.
These activities include CAD CAM and safety test challenges, an excursion of the respective sites and fundamental guidance on interviews and CV writing as they get ready to create crucial selections regarding their futures.
"See Inside Manufacturing" is a collaborative initiative between the UK’s foremost advanced manufacturers and the government to develop manufacturing excellence, to dismiss the misconception that Britain no longer "makes anything" as well as to challenge perceptions of the industry.
Commenting on the set of events, Business Secretary Vince Cable stated that for too many young people, the manufacturing world is "a turn off." He related that a " worrying poll out last week" revealed that only one out of ten children aged 11 to 14 perceived engineering as an essential job "and even ranked being a politician as a better choice of career!"
Jaguar Land Rover has long been promoting the STEM agenda ever since it started manufacturing the first “Community Mark”-recognised car in the UK. STEM or the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math conform to the national standard of excellence for community investment recognition that was also awarded to Jaguar Land Rover.
The Business in the Community gives recognition to its involvement in investment programmes such as community partnerships, national educational initiatives, employee volunteering projects and Education Business partnership Centres.
Mike Wright (Land Rover’s Executive Director) commented regarding the company’s participation in “See Inside Manufacturing”. He said that the initiative is enough evidence that Jaguar Land Rover has a significant role in promoting the STEM agenda.
Wright also believes that being the largest investor in automotive research and development, the advanced manufacturing is critical to the UK economy. And if not for its close interaction with young people from schools and universities, they won’t be able to develop such a globally competitive workforce.
Land Rover’s Executive Director further explained why through all these years, Jaguar Land Rover continued to operate its activities within the 5 Partnership Centres. It even has its own comprehensive educational programmes which include the newly launched “Jaguar Primary Schools’ Challenge as well as the “Land Rover 4X4 in Schools’ Challenge”.
Just from the previous year, these projects were able to help at least 13,000 school children in the UK. Wright also said that they would keep on investing more so that many young people would benefit from the job openings in this very interesting and challenging industry.