David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is running a new manufacturing competition – We Made It! – in his constituency.
He has written to the Headteachers of Secondary Schools in his constituency, inviting pupils to enter the competition to help young people understand how exciting and rewarding a career in manufacturing could be.
Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 are being encouraged to submit designs and ideas for a gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they’d like to see made.
The local entries will be judged by Mr Evennett and the winner will be entered into a nation-wide competition judged by a group of organisations involved in manufacturing, including Boeing, The Manufacturing Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Finmeccanica, Renewable UK, the Confederation of Paper Industries and Lloyds Banking Group.
The organisations are all partners in the Dods Manufacturing Dialogue, which is working to increase interest in manufacturing skills in schools.
The best entries nationwide will be invited to a Fab Lab, the outstanding facilities provided by MIT and the Manufacturing Institute, where their designs will be manufactured and brought to life.
Later this autumn, the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency winner will be invited to a reception and awards ceremony in Parliament. They’ll have the opportunity to meet the heads of the manufacturing organisations involved in the project and learn how to take their career in manufacturing further, and receive an award.
Mr Evennett said “I am delighted to be supporting this competition, and the campaign to raise awareness of careers in manufacturing. Britain is still a beacon for this industry and needs more young people to aspire to careers in it.”
The deadline for entries is 24 July.
To find out more and to enter the competition, pupils can visit the competition’s website, www.wemadeituk.co.uk.