Local Company Webtec Opens Its’ Doors for Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day Celebrations
June 27, 2022
Webtec, the St Ives based specialist manufacturer of hydraulic measurement and control products is taking part in the nationwide Make UK’s ‘National Manufacturing Day’ celebrations on 7 July 2022. This inaugural event, organised by British manufacturing trade body Make UK, is aimed to help encourage all age groups from school leavers to more experienced workers looking at reskilling to consider the possibilities of a career in manufacturing as well as helping local communities understand more about local businesses.
Webtec is inviting local schools and colleges to visit its St Ives site and is planning guided tours for students where they can learn about the modern-day manufacturing processes and discuss opportunities for apprenticeships, placements and job opportunities with the company. They will also be able to talk directly to members of staff about how the company works.
Make UK has created a dedicated microsite https://www.nationalmanufacturingday.org/ where companies taking part will post what they produce and detail the events they are planning for National Manufacturing Day itself. Schools and local residents interested in seeing what is available in their area will be able to search the site using a simple postcode finder, to pinpoint those businesses closest to them and allow them to pick out something which they will find the most interesting.
Martin Cuthbert, Webtec’s Managing Director, said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase to the local community what modern manufacturing looks like today. We are excited to be inviting local students to visit us to tour the company and experience first-hand what career opportunities there are, particularly in STEM subjects. As a company we are committed to inspiring others to enjoy the challenges that engineering brings and are looking forward to discussing the opportunities that we have in engineering, manufacturing, IT, sales and administration.”
Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers organisation said: “This is a really exciting day where the whole manufacturing sector will come together to celebrate the amazing things that Britain designs and makes. During the pandemic, Britain’s manufacturers stayed open to keep the country running and switched production almost overnight to make vital medical supplies. But this sector is agile and exciting all of the time, not just in times of crisis. Our companies are at the forefront of global renewable technology development and some of the most innovative engineering developments seen anywhere around the world. This is a sector with amazing opportunities, and we hope this first National Manufacturing Day will give people who have never had the chance to see inside their local businesses just what is going on and the opportunities available to them.”