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Engineering is the career for you, new publication launch

1 July 2015

Guests and speakers attending today’s high profile event at Silverstone Circuit are being treated to a first look at the UK’s new ‘High Performance Engineering’ publication, produced to showcase engineering and encourage young people and adults to make it a career choice.

The publication, produced by South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), is a guide designed to promote engineering and entice young people, adults and people looking to change their career into the sector.

It is being launched to many of the biggest names in engineering at the high profile ‘Driving Technological Change’** event on July 1st, held at the home to Formula 1.

David Richards, SEMLEP Board Director and Chair of Banbury based Prodrive, which runs motorsport programmes for Aston Martin, MINI and VW and develops advanced technology for the automotive, aerospace, marine & defence industries, said: “Engineering is creative, practical and innovative and engineers are in demand in the UK’s South East Midlands, so it is fitting that our ‘High Performance Technology’ publication has been launched at the Formula 1 circuit in the week leading up to the British Grand Prix.

“Like the event this publication showcases the strength of the local area’s engineering sector on an international scale.”

Anna Morrison, SEMLEP Consultant leading on skills, added: “This guide has been created to inspire those considering their future careers to understand the range of exciting opportunities in High Performance Engineering that are right here on their doorstep. You don’t need to travel to London, Oxford or Cambridge to start your career - we have some of the most exciting companies working on cutting edge technology based here in the South East Midlands and they really want to attract local talent to local jobs.”

The South East Midlands is home to 78,000 businesses, of which around 3,000 are High Performance Engineering companies, employing over 20,000 individuals.

Engineering highlights from the publication include:

  • Millbrook in Bedfordshire, a 700-acre testing and demonstrating technology centre that designs, tests and develops automotive and propulsion systems and is a pioneer of low carbon technologies.
  • Festo in Northampton, a worldwide leader in automation and a global manufacturer of pneumatic and electric automation technology.
  • London Luton Airport, the fifth largest airport in the UK, connecting over 12 million passengers to over 100 destinations each year. The airport provides 8,500 direct jobs and generates over £1 billion of revenue to the region each year.
  • Pertenhall, Bedfordshire, where a 40,000 panel solar farm has been granted planning permission and will soon begin construction.
  • Milton Keynes, which has a vision to become a Smart City and resource-efficient metropolis with renewable energy sources and sustainable systems.

SEMLEP’s High Performance Engineering publication was funded by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency as part of the Skills Support for the Workforce Programme, delivered through Exemplas Ltd.

The Driving Technological Change event on July 1st, designed to celebrate the major significance of the UK’s motorsport, automotive, and engineering industry to a national and international audience, is being hosted by Joe Greenwell, CEO, Automotive Investment Organisation and former Chairman of Ford.

Organised by eight Local Enterprise Partnerships and multiple industry partners, the event hosted companies from across several regions, including a unique concentration of multiple disciplined engineering businesses.

**The event was sponsored by Silverstone Park and organised by eight Local Enterprise Partnerships including SEMLEP, Northamptonshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Bucks Thames Valley, New Anglia and Enterprise M3 together with UK Trade and Investment, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Automotive Investment Organisation, and the Motor Industry Association.

Download SEMLEP's High Performance Engineering publication HERE.

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