Michelin opens doors to students


Michelin has opening the doors of its Dundee factory to encourage young people to consider careers in manufacturing and engineering.

The car tyre plant offered Dundee and Angus students a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process, and focus on the varied career opportunities available within manufacturing.

More than 100 14- to 17-year-old pupils from nearby schools, as well as teachers, lecturers and careers advisors, got the chance to tour the factory and talk to Michelin employees about the tyre-making process.

Employees and experts from Michelin were also on hand to offer students advice and insight into the many different career options and job roles available within manufacturing. Talks were also given to visitors and they received a tour of the factory and apprentice workshop.

The event was part of the Government’s See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) initiative, which aims to ignite young people’s enthusiasm for a career within UK manufacturing. SIM was launched in 2011 by the UK Automotive Council and is supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

John Reid, Factory Manager at Michelin, said: “At Michelin we are always keen to support and encourage young people to develop careers in the manufacturing sector and events like this play a crucial role in helping to engage and ignite young people’s interest in manufacturing.

“One of the reasons Michelin supports See Inside Manufacturing, and chooses to host these events, is because it allows young people to see first-hand, the range of employment opportunities that exist within the manufacturing sector and throughout the Michelin organisation.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Michelin’s Dundee site has opened its doors to young people in the area and shown its support for the initiative.

For more information on Michelin, visit: www.michelin.co.uk or for more information on the See Inside Manufacturing initiative, visit: http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/seeinsidemanufacturing/