Last week Scottish school children got a unique insight into the manufacturing industry as Allied Vehicles Ltd invited them to a special tour of their manufacturing plant in Glasgow.
The tours were part of the government initiative, See Inside Manufacturing, which aims to shake up old fashioned views of manufacturing. The automotive sector is leading the campaign this year and Allied was delighted to take part by inviting pupils, teachers and careers advisors to see their impressive 20-acre manufacturing plant.
The visit allowed pupils to see first hand how Allied’s range of wheelchair accessible vehicles, taxis and electric vehicles are designed and built. The tour also gave pupils the chance to learn more about the modern high-value manufacturing world and the wide range of careers available in this exciting and diverse sector.
Supporter of the scheme Vince Cable, Business Secretary commented: “For too many young people the word manufacturing is a turn off. Through this initiative we will give more young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing which is highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”
Following the visit, Gerry Coutts, a teacher at Glasgow’s Westmuir High School, commented: “Our pupils found it very interesting to see the process of manufacture and to get a glimpse into the world of work. It gave our pupils food for thought on various career paths and the range of trades involved in manufacturing. Everyone at Allied made us feel very welcome.”
It is hoped the campaign will encourage more young people to pursue a career in manufacturing ensuring UK manufacturers have access to the skills they need to remain at the forefront of the industry.