Nationwide search for young manufacturing stars launched

Nominations are invited from all areas of manufacturing, from fashion and textiles to aerospace. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will be looking for truly exceptional young employees across the full range of sectors.

‘30 Under 30’ is a part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. Once selected, the ‘30 Under 30’ will play an important role in promoting manufacturing careers to the next generation, highlighting the diversity of jobs in the sector which include design, sales, marketing and business management.

With multiple routes into manufacturing careers, including apprenticeships and pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) at college or university, it is hoped that the ‘30 Under 30’ will encourage more young people to see the opportunities the industry has to offer.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “Current perceptions of British manufacturing are out of date.  Modern design, engineering and manufacturing offer varied and rewarding jobs for young people, yet many people don’t realise this. We want 30 young people working in industry to explain to their generation just what they’re missing.”

Brian Stone, One of the Make it in Great Britain Industry Champions added: “We are finding it increasingly hard to recruit the talent that we need if the industry is to continue to grow. There are a wealth of jobs in the manufacturing industry – from the conception and design of a new product or process through to actually making and marketing it. I hope that by highlighting the successful careers that are being enjoyed by young people all over the country – from designing space missions to making clothes for the cat walk – we will encourage fresh talent into the industry.”

If you know someone who should be included in the Make it in Great Britain ‘30 Under 30’, visit http://bis.gov.uk/makeitingreatbritain


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