It’s not every day you and your school mates will get asked to make an unmanned rescue vehicle in class.

And when you’ve fought over your design, and proudly completed a working model you have to pitch it to a Dragon’s Den line-up of teachers and big bosses.

You get the chance to form your own mini-manufacturing company with an MD, finance director sales and marketing manager, manufacturing manager, design engineer, logistics manager and quality controller. And at the end of the day the winning team get an award.

The Manufacturing Institute’s Make-It campaign aims to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing by showing the sector is an exciting and rewarding career path for young people.

Our hands-on, practical events and enterprise challenges work with multi-national companies, Make It connects young people to local manufacturers and illustrates first-hand the types of career paths available within modern manufacturing. Since 2006, over 60,000 pupils and teachers have been inspired by the campaign.

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Could manufacturing be the career for you?

Making stuff has never been more interesting or cool. Just look at the fuss surrounding every Apple launch or how 3-D printing is transforming how we think about making things. The manufacturing industry has lots of choices and you could be part of an exciting future where today’s dreams and ideas are being developed into the products of the future.

Manufacturing is challenging, enjoyable and rewarding and you can start your career regardless of your qualifications. It needs designers, engineers, researchers, inventors….in fact there’s something to suit just about everyone. So why not meet the people working in the sector by taking part in one of our Make It Challenges?  Find out more about the jobs shaping tomorrow’s world today and how you can aim towards a career in manufacturing.


Ever wondered what the people working in manufacturing actually do during the day? It’s not all about working on a production line – the sector has a variety of roles and opportunities. From aircraft fitters to HR Managers, find out what a typical day looks like.

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Take a look at our famous Young Fab Academy where you’ll learn everything about the very latest digital technology and develop a range of important enterprising and employability skills including teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and use of initiative.

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Walk into any one of our Fab Labs on a Friday or Saturday and you can use any of our digital fabrication equipment for free! Make anything from a case for your smartphone, decals for your school bag, or even speakers or a guitar! If you’ve got the idea, you can make it.

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The world of manufacturing is on the lookout for talent.

As the sector grows and changes it will need bright brains at every level to keep manufacturing at the forefront of the UK economy. Ask any teenager what they think of manufacturing today and they will conjure up images of production lines, dirty overalls, noisy factories and repetitive work. There’s a huge disconnect between those images and the reality of working in the manufacturing sector.

Modern manufacturing is now a global enterprise competing on innovation, creativity and all-round smart thinking. The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It campaign aims to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing by changing these negative perceptions and showcasing the sector as an exciting and rewarding career path for young people. Through hands-on, practical events and enterprise challenges working with multi-national companies, Make It connects young people to local manufacturers.

Since 2006, over 60,000 pupils and teachers have been inspired by the campaign. Would you like us to organise a Make It Challenge for your school?

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The Make It campaign, dreamed up and delivered by The Manufacturing Institute, has worked with over 60,000 young people since our first Make It challenge in 2006.

In the last eight years we have worked with over 40 manufacturing business partners and thousands of industry advocates who are keen to lend their support to a campaign that offers a range of bespoke activities designed to promote businesses within their local communities and to engage with tomorrow’s talent in a fun and innovative way. Our objective is to create a pipeline of talent for the UK’s manufacturing and engineering sectors through a range of hands-on, creative and engaging events and resources for both students and teachers.

Each schools Make It project is delivered in partnership with a manufacturing/engineering company and the programme has attracted support from a wide range of household names including Rolls-Royce Ltd, Siemens, BAE Systems, Premier Foods and many other large, medium and small enterprises. This is a fantastic opportunity for your company to be aligned with a great positive project which celebrates manufacturing with the people who will be running it in the future – our youngsters.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved, or come and see how a Make It Challenge day works get in touch.

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Make It with McBride

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

20th November 2014

A chance for students to learn how to Make It in Manufacturing! 

Students from 10 schools across North Manchester will battle it out in the McBride Make It Enterprising Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and McBride, Europe’s leading supplier of private label household and personal care products.

Price: Free Event


The Survitec Make It Challenge with the Manufacturing Institute

The Survitec Make It Enterprising Challenge invited local schools to compete against one another in a challenge designed to test their team working creativity and enterprising skills.

These practical, one day events give young people the opportunity to form their own mini-manufacturing companies, gaining advice and guidance from a range of industry advocates and learning more about the creative and aspirational employment opportunities manufacturing can offer.

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Make It at BAE Systems

Budding young manufacturers across Lancashire came to the rescue of victims of natural disasters, war zones and other troubles, when they competed in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprise Challenge on Wednesday 12 February.

The BAE Systems Make It Enterprising Challenge was delivered as a partnership between The Manufacturing Institute and BAE Systems. It is the sixth time that the BAE Systems team in Lancashire have sponsored a Make It challenge, encouraging more young people in the local area to consider a career in UK manufacturing.

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