Celebrating Girl Power in Manufacturing

Girl power triumphed at The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It Grand Final in Manchester.

The event was the culmination of 12 months of manufacturing Challenges across the North West thanks to funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company and individual sponsors.

Teams of 13 and 14 year olds from North Wales, Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire and East and West Cheshire came together for a deeper challenge to test their teamwork and enterprise skills at Old Trafford Football Ground.

Despite having just five team members instead of eight, the winners were Penwortham Girls’ School who wowed the judges with their enthusiasm and creativity.

Said Aimee McGloin who manages the Make It Challenges for The Manufacturing Institute:  “The 11 teams were really put through the mill with a challenge to design and develop a new Aerospace brand. Our partners in manufacturing were astonished with the quality of the design ideas, models and presentations.

“Two girls – Sarra and Malik Kimberley Cota – were also awarded Outstanding Individual awards so it seems that the future of leadership in Manufacturing is female!”

The Make It campaign is helping to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing and promote the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Since 2006, over 60,000 young people and teachers have participated directly in hands-on manufacturing-focused Make It activities that are proven to improve their perceptions of careers in the sector.

Thanks to all of our heat sponsors – Tata Chemicals Europe, Essar Oil, BAE Systems and McBride – who all said they would recommend the challenge to other manufacturers and would like to take part in another Make It Challenge.

If you would like to know more about sponsoring a future Make It Challenge please email aimee.mcgloin@manufacturinginstitute.co.uk.

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