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    Events for 2014

What is See Inside Manufacturing?

See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) is a partnership between BIS and Industry which has been created to transform students perception of manufacturing in strategic sectors.

SIM is an effective initiative where manufacturers are asked to open their doors to interact with students, teachers and career advisors to visit their manufacturing facilities and change the sceptical perceptions of manufacturing and ‘get behind the scenes’ of success.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

For too many young people the word manufacturing is a turn off.”

“This year we are expanding the programme to a wider set of exciting manufacturing sectors to deepen relationships between educational institutions, SME’s, supply chains and large companies. We are determined to continue shaking up old fashioned views of manufacturing. Through the government’s See Inside Manufacturing campaign we will give young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing which is highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”

Benefits of See Inside Manufacturing

  • Raises the profile of the manufacturing sector to young people, teachers and career advisors;
  • Encourages young people to study manufacturing related subjects and develop skills required by industry;
  • Complements sector education and promotion programmes;
  • Supports sector strategies developed by government and industry, and the Perkins Skills Review findings, to address barriers to economic growth;
  • Build and maintain relationships of a nationwide campaign, whilst attracting media interest and support of Ministers;
  • Use the SIM brand to have access to marketing material and the SIM website to support activity of engagement.

What’s happened so far?

SIM was launched in June 2011 and was piloted in the automotive sector under the auspices of the Automotive Council (a sector Council) and coordinated by SMMT (a trade association).  More than 35 companies and organisations invited teachers, careers advisors and young people to visit their manufacturing facilities at nearly 100 events across the country, reaching 1000 people.

The SIM 2012 programme included automotive, aerospace and food & drink sectors, and reached out to 4500 people with some of the most successful household name companies including BMW (mini), Ford, Honda (UK), Lotus, McLaren Group, Michelin Tyre, Airbus, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Britvic, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars Chocolate UK, Nestle UK and many more.

2013 saw the SIM programme extended further to ten key manufacturing sectors, over 170 visits were arranged in October 2013. In excess of  6300 young people and their teachers visited companies throughout the UK. The feedback from their visits was positive with over 90% of young people saying that they had enjoyed their visits.

What’s Next?  See Inside Manufacturing 2014

See Inside Manufacturing 2014 was formally launched by Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP on Monday 13th October while attending a SIM event hosted by Airbus Defence and Space at Portsmouth.

Minister for Manufacturing  Matthew Hancock said:

Today marks the beginning of a month of SIM events. The programme has expanded from one sector in 2011, to now include all manufacturing sectors. Last year 6,300 young people and their teachers took part in over 175 visits and events throughout the UK. The programme will now carry on throughout the year. Airbus Defence and Space – and many other manufacturers around the country – are helping inspire next generation of engineers by hosting SIM events.”

With your help the manufacturing industry will:

  • Be part of a strategic programme to address the skills shortage in the UK;
  • Extend its reach to tap into and develop future skills and talent;
  • Build and maintain relationships with SMEs, supply chain and large companies;
  • Achieve valuable regional and national coverage;


For further information contact the BIS Promotion of Manufacturing Team at: sim@bis.gsi.gov.uk