Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, has written to the local schools encouraging their students to enter the ‘We Made It!’ competition, aimed at encouraging young people to consider the value and rewards of a career in manufacturing.
The competition will invite young people aged 13-16 to submit designs and ideas for a gadget, gizmo, toy or tool they’d like to see created. The entries will be judged by Margot, with the winner being entered into a national competition judged by a group of manufacturing organisations, including Boeing, The Manufacturing Institute, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Finmeccanica, Renewable UK, the Confederation of Paper Industries and Lloyds Banking Group.
The best entries nationwide will be invited to Fab Lab, the outstanding facilities provided by MIT and the Manufacturing Institute, where their designs will be manufactured and brought to life.
Later this autumn, Margot will invite the winner of the Stourbridge competition to a reception and awards ceremony in Parliament, where they will have the opportunity to meet the heads of the manufacturing organisations involved in the project and discover more about how to pursue a career in manufacturing.
Margot said: “I am delighted to support this fantastic project aimed at inspiring young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. We need far more young people to consider a career in manufacturing and this is an excellent way of encouraging them to engage with the sector. I am sure that there will be many very worthy entries from the students of Stourbridge’s schools.”