School children and members of the local community had the chance to see behind the scenes at Stainless Metalcraft and the new North Cambridgeshire Training Centre at the open afternoon/evening to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Thursday 7 July.
The event was part of a nationwide Open House, organised by manufacturing trade body MAKE UK, giving local communities the chance to see first-hand the potential careers and jobs on offer in manufacturing.
During the afternoon pupils from Glebelands and Kingsfield primary schools took part in a factory tour before taking part in a series of engineering challenges, led by Metalcraft’s apprentices, while local councillors and students from Cromwell and Witchford Village secondary schools experienced a behind-the-scenes look at life at Metalcraft before concluding their tours at the NCTC where they found out more about training opportunities available.
The day’s activities included a special, girls-only engineering activity for year five children from both primary schools - building towers using spaghetti and marshmallows as part of moves to encourage more girls to consider careers in the industry. Both sites remained open into the early evening, allowing employees’ families and members of the local community to visit and find out more about the range of work and training opportunities launching in September.
West suffolk College hosted the open day at the new NCTC, Ean Daniels, Head of Engineering, Automotive and IT at WSC said "National Manufacturing Day is a wonderful initiative showcasing the wide range of careers available in manufacturing, from technical to commercial and management roles supporting industries as diverse as aerospace and automotive engineering to energy, medtech and food & drink."
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