Toyota Launches See Inside Manufacturing Initiative With A Visit From Manufacturing Minister Mark Prisk
The See Inside Manufacturing initiative encourages young people to take up the subjects to support working in the industry, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Published 29 June 2011
A group of teachers and careers officers, along with Manufacturing Minister Mark Prisk visited Toyota's manufacturing Deeside engine plant as part of the Government's See Inside Manufacturing initiative.
The group were given a tour of Toyota's Deeside manufacturing plant to give an insight into what's involved with the jobs and skills opportunities available to school and college leavers and graduates.
Commenting on his visit Minister Mark Prisk said: "Today teachers and careers advisers across North Wales will get a unique opportunity to see for themselves that the automotive industry has highly skilled jobs that can be well-paid and highly successful.
"We want to make the UK a leader in the research, development, demonstration, manufacture and use of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles. With Toyota's plant in Deeside manufacturing the first full hybrid engine to be made outside Japan, it is helping the UK lead the way.
"We have 11 global vehicle makers with a significant UK presence, supported by 19 of the world's top 20 suppliers as well as innovative technology makers and designers. The UK has one of the most diverse automotive sectors in the world."
Similar visits to production centres in October will be provided to students who can then experience themselves the work involved and learn more about the skills required for a career in the auto industry.
The See Inside Manufacturing initiative encourages young people to take up the subjects to support working in the industry, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Tony Walker, TMUK Deputy Managing Director, said: "Toyota welcomes initiatives designed to promote a greater recognition of the contribution and importance of manufacturing to the UK economy.
"The See Inside Manufacturing initiative will complement our existing activities aimed at engaging with young people and encouraging and inspiring them to be the next generation of engineers."
The automotive sector is the first industry group within the UK who has launched activities which are coordinated by the joint industry/government Automotive Council.
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, SMMT said "The UK automotive has a strong future built on the foundations of innovative engineering and design.
"See Inside manufacturing demonstrates the extensive range of exciting careers and apprenticeship opportunities within the sector, enabling young people to see what UK automotive has to offer as one of the most exciting and dynamic industries in the world."