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Royal seal of approval for manufacturing careers

HRH Prince Charles has used his visit to Jaguar Land Rover's flagship Halewood production plant to launch a drive to get more young people into engineering and manufacturing
 More young people need to be encouraged into industry

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While visiting the Halewood plant to mark the start of the faculty’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Prince Charles has unveiled a £2.4 million boost to his Business Class scheme, an initiative aimed at helping companies work with schools in some of the UK’s most deprived areas.

Part of a two-day programme of visits by the Prince of Wales to celebrate British manufacturing, HRH used the opportunity to highlight the importance of encouraging more young people in manufacturing and engineering careers.

President of Business in the Community, the charity behind Business Class, Prince Charles stated:

“So often it seems that we have forgotten in this country that Britain is very good at manufacturing and has all sorts of remarkable skills of ingenuity and inventiveness.

“As a country, we are rightly proud of our industrial heritage, but we should also celebrate our continued success as the standard bearer of quality manufacturing and engineering throughout the world.

“From car production to quality shoe making, from precision engineering to traditional craft skills, Britain is truly a global leader; and of course, we have to be careful to invest in that manufacturing and creativity by ensuring the sector has access to enough talented young people with the necessary skills to help these companies grow.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community commented:

“Partnering with a school is one of the most effective ways that business can make a difference in their community. Over 145 businesses have show leadership by joining the Business Class programme, delivering real results for young people and schools.

“We now have an opportunity to our proven model to more towns and cities across the UK that need it.

“Business, government and schools have a joint responsibility to help create the workforces of the future, and we urge more business and schools to join this movement to work together with for the long-term.”

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