Specialist vehicle manufacture Allied Vehicles this week opened its Glasgow factory to school pupils and college students in a bid to attract more young people into careers in engineering and production.
From 11th to 13th October Allied’s 350-strong workforce found themselves joined by youngsters and college lecturers from across Central Scotland, taking part in a programme of factory visits.
Allied is also delighted to announce the launch of Scotland’s first Modern Apprenticeships in Automotive Engineering. The specially tailored programme will provide a grounding in all aspects to the companies vehicle building and conversion work, combined with further education in conjunction with local colleges.
The see-for-yourself factory tours form part of the UK-wide See Inside Manufacturing initiative, which is designed to encourage links between education and industry, with the goal of attracting new talent to fuel Britain’s vital manufacturing sector.
This new initiative is being spearheaded by the Automotive Sector, which already employs 700,000 people across the UK. The project is co-ordinated by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Next year it will be rolled out to the rest of the UK manufacturing sector.
Commenting on the Inside Manufacturing initiative, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Dr Vince Cable said: “For too many young people the word manufacturing is a turn off. A worrying poll out last week found that only one out of ten children aged 11 to 14 thought that engineering was an important job and even ranked being a politician as a better choice of career!
"We are determined to shake up old fashioned views of manufacturing. Through the Government's See Inside Manufacturing campaign and Allied Mobility's events in Glasgow, we will give young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing which is highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”
Allied Vehicles managing director, Paul Nelson, comments: “Everyone at Allied gets a real buzz from seeing people actually making things, here in the heart of Glasgow.
“We’ve been fortunate to be able to create a range of skilled and semi-skilled jobs here, from vehicle assemblers, welders and painters to mechanics and design engineers. We also have ambitious growth plans and, looking ahead, we need to find more people who are good with their hands and keen to learn.
“That’s why it’s important to sow the seeds of interest in manufacturing jobs with young people now, so that we can develop the stars of the future. Our unique new Modern Apprenticeship programme is designed to help us do exactly that.”