One of the major themes of MACH 2022
— taking place at the NEC in Birmingham 4-8 April — will be the need to concentrate on skills development within the manufacturing industry and inspiring the UK’s next generation of engineers.
James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association
(MTA) — which owns and organises MACH
— said: “The development of key skills to support the future of advanced manufacturing has long been a core goal of the MTA. Without a steady stream of new talent coming into the industry there is a risk things could stagnate, setting back technological development.
“Encouraging young engineers into the manufacturing industry has sadly been a problem for some years now. Even prior to the pandemic there were concerns insufficient numbers were viewing the industry as a viable career option. With everything that has happened over the past two years, it is now more important than ever to change attitudes and emphasise the real benefits a career in manufacturing can offer.
“This is why MACH 2022
will have a strong focus on encouraging more young people into the industry, with special displays and a dedicated exhibition zone showcasing the changes that have taken place within manufacturing and highlighting what makes it one of the most exciting industries to be involved in.” MACH 2022
will once again have a dedicated Education and Development (E&D) Zone, which will feature special displays from Airbus Defence and Space, the University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team, Lincoln Electric Virtual Welding and the Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre.
Official registration for schools or academies wishing to visit MACH 2022
is now open, and can be done by visiting the MACH 2022
). Schools that register will be contacted following registration so they can pick the days they wish to attend, get further information on what activities are on offer, and confirm which tour they would like to participate in so they can get the most out of their visit.
Mr Selka added: “The MTA and its members are all ambassadors for the manufacturing technologies industries and will be only too happy to pass on the benefit of their knowledge to willing new recruits. Bringing the STEM subjects to life by showing the benefits of their real-life applications is what MACH