Siemens, the German engineering and design giant with operations at Sheffield Business Park, has unveiled a new initiative to encourage more people to choose manufacturing as a career.
The company has teamed up with the Cabinet Office, Department of Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to launch The Siemens Education Portal.
The Portal will be rolled out to 5,000 schools across the UK by 2014, aiming to reach more than 1.95 million pupils within the first year and 4.5 million by 2016.
It will, for the first time, allow teachers, students and parents to access a central hub of information to be used in the classroom. The materials have been explicitly designed to encourage young people to engage with engineering and manufacturing related subjects.
They span interactive, practical programmes, designed to be used in the classroom and 3D games based on some of the most ground breaking industrial projects and technologies in the UK.
Siemens Industry managing director Juergen Maier, who will be one of the keynote speakers at next month’s Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield, said: “If we are to rebalance the economy we need to be developing the skills now to fill the jobs of the future. We know that sustained public and private investment in this area is essential if we are to win the global skills race and create sustainable growth.
“The portal we have developed is a unique and new way of reaching young people interested in working in engineering.
“We are passionate about showing aspiring students, girls as well as boys, that working in areas such as high value manufacturing can really lead to a solid and long term career.”
The education portal can be found at: http://www.siemens.co.uk/education/en/.