Vince Cable opens ‘made in Britain’ exhibition
Jul 27 2012
Vince Cable has opened a new exhibition at the London Science Museum aimed at showcasing Britain’s manufacturing expertise and inspiring youngsters considering their future careers.
The Make it in Great Britain exhibition features displays from 39 of Britain’s leading manufacturers – including premium car makers Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren.
Other firms associated with the automotive industry are represented, including Axon Automotive, Naim Audio and GKN.
The campaign has been timed to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, showcasing Britain’s manufacturing expertise to the many millions of visitors due to visit London over the next six weeks.
Cable hopes it will change ‘outdated perceptions of the industry’ which “need to change if we are going to attract the talent needed to support manufacturing in the long term.
“Generating £137bn each year and employing 2.5 million people (8% of the population), manufacturing is a vital part of the UK’s economy.”
Business Minister Mark Prisk said manufacturing offered a very attractive career path, particularly with the rapid expansion of manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren.
“There is a range of rewarding career opportunities available, requiring advanced skills and expertise.
“I would encourage people to come along to the exhibition and see first hand what manufacturing can offer them.”
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive said, “The UK automotive industry is leading economic recovery with increased manufacturing output, record export volumes and new jobs being created on the back of major international investment in the sector.
“The industry also offers fantastic career and skills opportunities for young people across a huge variety of disciplines from design, engineering, supply chain and manufacturing to retail and aftermarket.
“The sector plays a major role in the UK economy, so we’re delighted to see automotive companies celebrated as some of the stars of UK manufacturing.”
The figures bear this out: UK automotive turns over £55 billion each year, and adds £12bn of value to the economy. It employs 700,000 people, including 140,000 in vehicle manufacturing – belying the myth that ‘Britain doesn’t make anything anymore…’.
Best of all, entry is free to the Make it in Great Britain exhibition, which runs until 9 September 2012.
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