The Make it in Great Britain ‘30 Under 30’ has been selected by a panel of expert judges. Demonstrating passion, enthusiasm and ambition in their roles, the finalists will go on to act as ambassadors for the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.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: “There’s a huge range of different job opportunities in modern manufacturing, in design, in engineering and in production. We need more talented, enthusiastic people 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 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.
“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.”
Finalists of the 30 under 30 include: Kai Burkitt (24) BAE Systems, Stockport; Natalie Desty (29), manager for the Marine & Shipping division at Matchtech; Hannah Proffitt (22) Bentley Motors, Crewe; Laurie-ann Benner (21) PEME Process Control; Kevin Kelly (22) Nissan (Graduate); and Charlotte Bryan (24) David Nieper, Derbyshire.
The Make it in Great Britain campaign will culminate in an exhibition at the Science Museum, taking place from 24th July to 9th September.