The tour was organised as part of the Government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, in conjunction with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in order to raise awareness of engineering as a viable career for young people.
McLaren has given a group of head teachers and careers advisors a behind-the-scenes look at McLaren's manufacturing facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre.
The tour was organised as part of the Government's "See Inside Manufacturing" initiative, in conjunction with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in order to raise awareness of engineering as a viable career for young people.
Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive said: "We've seen a worrying decline in our industrial base over the past two decades and this alarming trend must be reversed if we're to create a more stable and prosperous future for our country. Changing the perception of manufacturing and engineering amongst students represents a critical first step in this process so I lend my full support to the 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative. I have no doubt that the bright young engineers working on our Formula 1 and sports car projects will show that Britain's automotive sector still retains some of the best manufacturing and engineering talent in the world."
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The See Inside Manufacturing programme is an important step in giving teachers and careers advisers the opportunity to see first-hand the essential role that industry plays across the UK to help us achieve the sort of sustainable and balanced economic growth that the country needs.
"The Government is investing in more apprenticeships than ever before. Together with industry we must inspire more young people to see manufacturing and engineering as a viable and exciting career choice.
"We also need to ensure that UK manufacturing can take on its competitors head on and make the next decade one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial periods in our history."
McLaren opened their doors in the hope that the McLaren Technology centre will inspire young engineers of tomorrow.
During the tour, teachers and careers advisers had the opportunity to see the McLaren MP4-12C being built and meet McLaren's young graduates.Published 30 June 2011