Academics at the University of Nottingham inspired a new generation of engineers when they threw open the doors of their research facility to dozens of local school children to mark the newly launched National Manufacturing Day on Thursday 7 July. The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing teamed up with D2N2 Careers Hubs to get schools from across the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to engage in the amazing world of advanced manufacturing.
The D2N2 Careers Hubs support schools and employers across the region to improve the quality of careers education in secondary schools and colleges, build local networks and ensure alignment to local industry needs. Manufacturing is a hugely important and prominent sector in this area and making sure young people have an awareness and interest in it is of great importance to the D2N2 LEP.
Over 120 young people from almost a dozen secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire were offered a behind the scenes look at research being conducted in the university’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing on Jubilee Campus, where innovative technologies are driving advances in the manufacturing sector, which is the largest employer in the East Midlands.
During their visit, the school children and other VIP visitors, were treated to a series of tours of the building and its exciting range of research facilities used as a test bed for industry and the development of emerging technologies, including:
- Automated manufacturing systems
- Precision engineered components
- Robotic assembly of aircraft components
- 3D printing of multi-material products
- Advanced measurement of internal structures
- Bespoke forming of composite materials for automotive applications
Svetan Ratchev, Cripps Professor of Production Engineering and Director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham, said: “We are delighted to open the doors of the Nottingham Institute for Advanced Manufacturing to the public as part of the inaugural UK National Manufacturing Day.
““We look forward to welcoming over 120 schoolchildren from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, 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.”
“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, as an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the range of highly skilled and well-paid jobs they have on offer by throwing open 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. National Manufacturing Day will be a celebration of all the sub sectors including automotive, food and drink, aerospace, defence, chemical and pharma.