For two centuries, the UK has been a global leader in manufacturing: the birthplace, not only of the Industrial Revolution, but also of some of the most well-known and iconic brands the world has seen.
Today, manufacturing continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the nation's economy. Employing over 2.7 million people, the sector contributes one-tenth of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for 53 per cent of the country’s exports.
Small and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector also safeguard local communities, providing highly paid employment and investing in infrastructure, so any initiatives that raise public awareness of the sector are crucial to futureproof it against the threat of cheap, and often inferior, overseas imports.
This summer, Hone-All is proud to play a part in the National Manufacturing Day, which takes place on 7th July 2022. What is the event and why is it important?
National Manufacturing Day: A Day Of Celebration
On 7th July, manufacturing businesses across the UK will be throwing open their doors to welcome students, teachers, and members of local communities, to give them a first-hand insight into the important work that they do.
Visitors will be able to see manufacturing processes in action, chat to staff about their roles, and find out more about the career opportunities on offer in a fast-moving and exciting sector. They will also learn more about how engineering companies support local communities and play a vital part in sustainability through employment and investment.
By throwing off the negative mantle that is so often portrayed through adverse media coverage, British manufacturing will showcase its achievements and potential, giving visitors from all walks of life a revitalised understanding of the sector.
Why National Manufacturing Day Is Important
National Manufacturing Day isn’t just a nationwide ‘open house’ for engineering businesses, but is a key strategy to re-educate the British public about the important role the industry plays in the economy and its potential for outstanding growth in years to come.
Despite its strong history, UK manufacturing is ranked only ninth in the world. Many school and college students know little about the sector and won’t consider forging a successful career in manufacturing, despite high salaries and long-term job security.
By opening the country’s factories and workshops to visitors, National Manufacturing Day aims to inspire the next generation of skilled workers and give the public a better understanding of the important role the sector plays in their lives.
National Manufacturing Day aims to:
- Alter the perception of manufacturing careers to increase uptake of engineering courses in schools and colleges.
- Increase the pool of talented workers, both aspirational young people and employed adults seeking to be reskilled.
- Promote an appreciation for the manufacturing industry to reinforce the need for more proactive Government support and intervention.
Contact Hone-All To Find Out More
At Hone-All, we will be playing an active part in National Manufacturing Day 2022, but we also welcome interest in our highly specialist precision machining services. To find out more, please get in touch today.