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Automotive industry plans to offer more apprenticeships

An initiative run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to get more young people into apprenticeships has proven so successful that is has been expanded to include a wider range of industries.

The scheme, called ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ was first launched by the body in 2011, and was initially linked to the automotive industry, with the aim of offering young people a detailed view into modern manufacturing and careers. This was extremely successful, and so the scheme was widened to include two more sectors in 2012.

This year, the spectrum of sectors covered by the programme has widened to 10, including construction, automotive, chemicals, aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, food and drink, life sciences, nuclear and offshore wind.

The Government and automotive industry announced in July this year that it will need to boost its engineer, scientist and technologist workforce to 820,000 by the year 2020. This figure means that an extra 7,600 apprentices and 1,700 graduates will be needed across the sectors over the coming five years. This programme of new apprenticeships will also see