Inspiring the Next Generation to go into Manufacturing
Manufacturing in the UK employs 2.6 million people and represents 46% of the UK exports. Every month we are hearing about strong growth in manufacturing. However behind that strong growth the manufacturing industry is facing a skills gap that could threaten the industry’s future if we do not inspire the next generation to go into manufacturing.
When young people are making career decisions, their parents play a key role in the decision making. A recent report by the Association of Colleges (AoC) suggests that the parent’s views on careers are often out of date and badly informed, thus hindering their children’s decision making.
AoC goes on in the report to urge career advisors to liaise with local employers and update parents and their children about the current job markets and emerging industries.
According to a recent report by The Manufacturer’s Organization (EEF) 63% of manufacturers think that initiatives between schools and businesses will encourage more young people to go into manufacturing.
Manufacturers should work more closely with their local schools and colleges and encourage students to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. By sharing their experiences with local schools and colleges, manufacturers can give students a better understanding of what industry entails and inspire the next generation to take up manufacturing.
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