Through speaking to local businesses of all sizes, I am very aware of the fears about the lack of a suitably skilled workforce. Frankly, the lack of skills, particularly in engineering, threatens the future of the UK economy.
During the second half of the 20th century, there was a steady decline in the importance of manufacturing and the economy of the United Kingdom shifted toward the service sector. This cannot continue.
The Wiltshire Festival of Engineering aims to help build a stronger manufacturing and engineering economy to serve the local community. I hope that by enthusing young people from an early age, we will inspire them to develop an interest in science, manufacturing and engineering so that they might consider it as an exciting, rewarding career. The Festival of Engineering is not a silver bullet, but I hope that it can grow to become a valuable resource for career education and inspiration in the region.
Aimed at local school pupils in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9, the Festival will take place on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Trowbridge Civic Centre. We anticipate hundreds of local young people attending and hope they will be inspired by some of the fantastic businesses that we have locally.
The Festival will be open between 4pm-5pm for other students and members of the public so that we can reach out to other young people with an enthusiasm for engineering.