As part of the Inspiring the Future programme which aims to give young people insights into different careers and raise their aspirations we are running a special week (30th June – 4th July) focusing on careers in design and manufacturing. In celebrating great British design and manufacturing our aim is to encourage far more young people to explore careers in these important economic sectors which employs millions of people in the UK. Surveys show that manufacturing simply fails to register on the career aspirations of young people. With new craft industries dominated by SMEs and micro businesses often at the cutting edge of technological change, we need to make sure that young people know that there are futures to be had in designing and making things.
Throughout the week people who design and make: airplanes, bicycles, boats, books, cars, ceramics, clocks, clothes, furniture, glassware, high-tech engineering, jewellery, mobile apps, shoes, textiles, websites or whatever requires good design and craftsmanship will be visiting schools across the country talking to young people.
Over 75% of state secondary schools have signed up to Inspiring the Future together with 13,000 volunteers from 4,000 companies. We have written to the schools asking if they would like volunteers who design and make things to visit and chat to their students and the response has been excellent.
We are also teaming up with organisations who represent some of the best in British design and manufacturing – the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Walpole Group. As well as Creative & Cultural Skills, whose Building a Creative Nation campaign supports training and provides advice about getting into the creative industries.
The campaign links to our ambition to see Apprentices talking in every school about the opportunities Apprenticeships provide and to Miriam González Durántez’s Inspiring Women Campaign www.inspiringwomencampaign.org. We want to put the spotlight on women working in design and manufacturing and a number of highly successful women will be visiting schools across the country that week.
Design and Made Week event gallery