30,000 try skills events
More than 30,000 children from across the North East have now taken part in Skills Foundation events at Nissan’s Sunderland plant.
The initiative, which launched in 2014, is designed to encourage young people to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, and generate excitement about careers in industry by offering a unique insight into the world of advanced manufacturing and engineering.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Divisional Vice President at Nissan Sunderland Plant, said: “It is terrific to have given more than 30,000 North East youngsters the chance to see the world of manufacturing first hand.
“The North East skills base is one of the reasons we have grown to become the UK’s largest ever car plant. We are determined to do all we can to inspire future generations of engineering and manufacturing talent through our school engagement activities.”
The 30,000 milestone was reached during an Engineering Discovery event held at the plant during the first two weeks in November, which was attended by almost 2,000 11-13 year old students from 38 schools across the North East.
Targeted at children before they choose their GCSE subjects, the groups of pupils learned about modern car manufacturing, watched the Qashqai, Juke and LEAF being made on the production line, took part in educational games, and found out how engineers have supported and improved the manufacturing process at the plant over its 30 year history.
“The Skills Foundation is all about encouraging local youngsters from all backgrounds to consider a future in industry by showing them the opportunities that exist within the automotive sector. With the UK’s largest car plant on the doorstep, there is no better place for young people to experience the world of manufacturing and engineering”, said Ian Green, Section Manager at Nissan Skills Foundation.
To further support the uptake of STEM subjects and promote careers in industry, Nissan Sunderland is registering all of its Apprentices and Graduates on the STEM Ambassador programme allowing them to share their experience and skills.
Discovery event takes the number of participants past 30,000 mark.
Pupils taking part on the skills event.