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Wednesday 14th September 2011
Members Dining Room, House of Commons,
On Wednesday 14th September, Graham Evans MP hosted a parliamentary reception to promote the strength and achievements of the Manufacturing Institute's "Make It" campaign.
This country is rich in manufacturing, technology and talent. Our companies, universities, colleges and manufacturers help to create new businesses, develop better products and services, improve the environment, protect health and enhance quality of life. This country is home to a number of major world-class manufacturers including AstraZeneca, Unilever, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and British Nuclear Group, all of which are major investors in our economy, and joining them are a growing numbers of smaller manufacturers. However, even with these successes, UK manufacturing is suffering from an image crisis.
In 2010, the Manufacturing Institute undertook a piece of baseline research, in partnership with Engineering UK, looking at perceptions of a career in manufacturing held by children, teenagers and adults. These results found that careers in manufacturing were being described as male dominated, repetitious, boring and poorly paid. There is clearly a job to done in driving positive perceptions of our sector and cultivating and attracting future talent.
This reception promised to be a celebration of a campaign which has successfully enhanced the image of manufacturing and will also include an informative look at how manufacturing can play our full role in the economic recovery and will be an ideal opportunity to meet with Ministers, key Parliamentarians, stakeholders and high profile industry partners.
Please view the ePolitix.com article on the "Make It" campaign parliamentary reception.
For more information email David.Holden-Locke@manufacturinginstitute.co.uk or call David Holden-Locke on 07980 713 289.