Nottingham University to welcome school children on National Manufacturing Day

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Nottingham University’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing hopes to inspire the next generation of engineers when it welcomes local school children on National Manufacturing Day.

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Set to take place this Thursday (July 7), National Manufacturing Day will see around 150 young people from secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire get a behind the scenes look at research being conducted at the Jubilee Campus site.

During their visit the school children will be able to see work going on into emerging technologies including automated manufacturing systems, the robotic assembly of aircraft components, 3D printing of multi-material products, and bespoke forming of composite materials for automotive applications.

“We look forward to welcoming…schoolchildren, members of the public and industrial and business leaders to visit our world leading manufacturing research facilities and gain insight into the exciting future technologies we are developing at the institute,” said Svetan Ratchev, Cripps Professor of Production Engineering and director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. “By sharing our enthusiasm for manufacturing, we hope to shape future careers and illustrate the impact that our internationally leading research and knowledge exchange activities deliver to the region.”

National Manufacturing Day has been launched by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, for manufacturers to showcase the range of highly skilled and well-paid jobs they have on offer by opening their doors to the local community in a UK wide open house. The event aims to demonstrate the value of a manufacturing apprenticeship as an alternative route post school/college, to promote these opportunities to women and other minority groups and help to attract new talent for businesses looking to develop their future skills pipeline.

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK said: “National Manufacturing Day is the opportunity for local communities to really see what happens in their local factories and innovation centres as companies open up for the day. Around the UK, there are lots of job opportunities and openings for training across the sector, so we hope people take the opportunity to see what modern manufacturing is really like.

“The UK excels at making great products and making some of the most important technological advances across the globe. Research and training facilities like those at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing in Nottingham, focusing on research into life changing items and complex engineering solutions, are critical to keeping British innovation at the forefront of clinical and industrial technological breakthroughs which bring about seismic change.”