30,000 try skills events

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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.

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