Nissan backs government’s manufacturing drive

Oct 20, 2011

 

The UK’s biggest car producer is staging special events at its European Technical Centre in Cranfield and at its manufacturing plant in Sunderland as part of the government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative.
 
It is part of a co-ordinated programme of events across the UK’s car industry aimed at boosting the image of UK manufacturing and encouraging more young people to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
 
Speaking last week on his visit to Vauxhall’s IBC plant in Luton, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “For too many young people the word manufacturing is a turn-off. A worrying poll out recently found that only one out of ten children aged 11 to 14 thought that engineering was an important job and even ranked being a politician as a better choice of career.
 
"We are determined to shake up old-fashioned views of manufacturing. Through the government’s See Inside Manufacturing campaign and Nissan’s events at Cranfield, we are giving young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing which is highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”
 
Staff at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Cranfield held a See Inside Manufacturing event last week, at which pupils from the surrounding area came to learn about design engineering and development. The children also met recent recruits who shared their experiences about becoming engineers.
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