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The government and manufacturing industry must work together to highlight to young people the potential of a career in this sector.
That is according to business secretary Vince Cable, who told attendees at the See Inside Manufacturing event recently that more apprenticeships are being created and it is up to both parties to encourage school pupils to fill them.
Students, teachers and careers advisers attended the exhibition, which gave an insight into the many roles and processes involved in the manufacturing industry.
Mr Cable said that this sector is vital to the country's future prosperity and it is important to invest in the skills needed to maintain its strength.
"The government is investing in more apprenticeships than ever before. Together with industry we must inspire more young people to see manufacturing and engineering as a viable and exciting career choice," he added.
Stephen Odell, chairman and chief executive of Ford Europe, said recently that the motor industry could be hit hard by a lack of engineers in the UK.
Posted by Beth O'Shea
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