Make it in Great Britain 30 Under 30 revealed - Young manufacturing stars announced by Minister

Business Minister Mark Prisk has today unveiled the names of the Make it in Great Britain ‘30 Under 30’ – 30 up and coming rising stars working in the manufacturing industry, aged under 30.

The 30 Under 30, who represent the full range of sectors in manufacturing, were selected by a panel of expert judges and include young talent from companies such as Pendennis Shipyard and GlaxoSmithKline as well as SMEs including The Paper Cup Company and Vantage Power. The finalists were selected for being true high-flyers, standing out from their peers and demonstrating passion, enthusiasm and ambition in their roles.

They will now go on to act as ambassadors for the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. They will have a special role in engaging with other young people, to ensure that the next generation is aware of the great jobs and careers in the industry.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:
“People don’t necessarily realise that there are such a wealth of career opportunities in manufacturing, but in fact around 2.5 million people – around eight per cent of people employed in the UK – are employed directly in design, engineering and manufacturing in the UK.

“There are roles in a range of sectors and disciplines, from designing space missions, creating flood defences and components for the next generation of mobile phones, as well as aircrafts and cars. We need talented, enthusiastic employees to fill these roles, and we hope that the 30 Under 30 will inspire the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing.”

Paul Jackson, CEO of Engineering UK and one of the 30 Under 30 judges added:

“I am always impressed at the level of young talent present in manufacturing and engineering, and over the years have met countless young people brimming with potential who have gone on to achieve great things.

“That is one of the reasons why I am supporting Make it in Great Britain, and why I was happy to be a judge for the 30 Under 30.

“We need to be encouraging more motivated, ambitious young people to consider careers in manufacturing to ensure that the industry continues to grow. The 30 Under 30 finalists are all enjoying successful careers, and I believe that they will inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps. I look forward to meeting them.”

The Make it in Great Britain campaign will culminate at an exhibition at the Science Museum, taking place from 24 July until 9 September.

To find out more about Make it in Great Britain, please visit the Make it in Great Britain website.


Notes to editors:

1. About Make it in Great Britain
Make it in Great Britain is a campaign that will challenge outdated perceptions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.

2. The Business Secretary Vince Cable and Mark Prisk launched the Make it in Great Britain campaign at a stakeholder event in Central London attended by 150 of Britain’s manufacturers and trade associations in November 2011.

3. The Make it in Great Britain exhibition is taking place at the Science Museum from 24 July to 9 September.

4. For more information, visit the Make it in Britain website