MAKEuk National Manufacturing Conference

Last month some of our apprentices and graduates were invited to support the MAKEuk (formerly EEF) National Manufacturing Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. MAKEuk is the voice of UK manufacturing and represents 20,000 companies of all sizes across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. It provides essential business support and training as well as championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU, with the aim of helping British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

The conference was designed to bring together delegates from over 800 UK-based engineering and manufacturing SMEs to network, learn from each other and share ideas in preparation for Brexit. Keynote speakers at the event included Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Opposition), Steph McGovern (broadcaster) and Andrew Neil (broadcaster & journalist).

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Our apprentices and graduates were supporting a workshop entitled #GenerationZ where they were tasked alongside the delegates to develop a campaign aimed at attracting and retaining young people in the manufacturing industry.

Mechanical Apprentice, Emma (pictured second left below) was in the group rated highest out of the 16 teams and noted it as one of her proudest moments in her career so far.

"I really enjoyed getting involved with the #GenerationZ workshop, it gave me the chance to help lead multiple groups of industry professionals and influence their campaigns with my personal experiences" - Harry, Graduate Mechanical Engineer

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