Improving the image of manufacturing and engineering and encouraging more young people into the sector has been a constant theme running across our blogs since we first started them in November 2009. However, we all know that our own words are not enough - so today, we're handing over to a recent visitor to our Stonehouse (Gloucestershire) machine shop who attended a schools open afternoon that we held this week as part of the inaugural Stroud Festival of Manufacturing & Engineering.
We've hidden her identity, but otherwise these are the unabridged words of a lady who accompanied a group of young girls who attend a local secondary school:
May I just say a huge thank you for your time and effort. That was a truly fantastic tour and a marvellous visit for the girls and I.
They have learned so much and have taken away a brilliantly positive impression of engineering and manufacturing today.
We all really liked your pride and enthusiasm, particularly that our apprentice-guide showed for his work. It is evident that Renishaw is a good employer.
I really believe it is something that more of our school children should have the chance to see, from an educational point of view as well as looking at future careers.
I love the way that everything was so clean and tidy and planned in such a way to reduce waste and promote safety. It was a lovely working environment, light and airy.
It was a truly superb display of up-to-date engineering and technology. The visit has helped to put into context the girls’ science and design studies and lessons.
We loved the quiz. Thank you for the gift folders (and cake).
Please thank our tour guide once again for us, he gave us some fantastic answers to our questions and really helped us to understand what was happening.
Many thanks once again for giving us such a fabulous opportunity to see around the Stonehouse site."
As our local MP Neil Carmichael said at the opening of the Stroud Festival, 'show and tell' is very powerful.
This Saturday (28th April) we are opening the Stonehouse facility to the community, so if you know anyone that might like to see what modern manufacturing is REALLY like, then do let them know that we are open from 10am to 3pm, with last tours at 2pm.
More details and directions to the site can be seen at www.renishaw.com/openday