The Manufacturing Institute’s charitable Make It in Manufacturing campaign is helping to create a pipeline of talent for UK manufacturing by promoting the sector as an interesting and rewarding career choice for young people.

Through a network of local, national and multi-national business partners the Make It Campaign shows young people that modern manufacturing is a global enterprise founded on a basis of innovation, creativity and smart thinking.

By connecting young people to manufacturing companies in their local area, the Make It campaign overturns negative perceptions surrounding the sector by engaging event participants in hands-on activities through the Make It Enterprising Challenges.

Since 2006, over 60,000 pupils and teachers have been inspired by the campaign!

Hear from one of our Teachers about why he thinks Make It inspires his students.



Learning about manufacturing is fun! That’s why we’ve designed our Make It Enterprising Challenges to get kids up from their school desks, tackling new challenges, learning new skills and sometimes just enjoying being the boss.

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 that manufacturing can offer.

Our Make It challenges range from making an unmanned rescue vehicle, designing and building a scale model of a nuclear power station through to creating a new cake or desert for a food manufacturer. Each challenge sees circa 100 students (aged 12-15) from 12 schools forming their own companies and taking on one of a number of job roles from managing director, finance director, sales and marketing manager through to manufacturing manager, design engineer, logistics manager and quality controller. Just like in real life.

During the course of the day teams compete against each other to discover who can create the best product and make the most profit. They have to complete a series of key tasks including; building a prototype of their product, creating financial plans and producing a marketing campaign within budget. And when the teams have completed these key tasks they pitch their idea to a Dragon’s Den line-up of manufacturing leaders and a get the chance to be crowned the winning team and go through to our annual Grand Final.


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 and 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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Build a 3D printer for your school! Sponsored by a local business, we’re getting teams of pupils to project manage, construct and calibrate two Ultimaker Original 3D printers to take back to their schools. Could this be the coolest homework in the world?

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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.

Bring the Enterprise Challenge to Your School

Make It has been running its flagship event the ‘Make It Enterprising Challenge’ in schools since 2006 and we can work with any school age from year 7 through to year 11 and on any scale from a single class sizes through to full year groups.

Why get involved?
• Enables young people to experience new challenges and ways of learning
• Showcases the exciting and creative careers that are on offer within manufacturing
• Connects students to local employers
• An opportunity to develop team working abilities as well as creativity, problem solving and enterprising skills and qualities

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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.

Why get involved:
• Increased awareness within the local community
• Increased profile of apprenticeship programmes, leading to larger volumes of good quality applicants in the future
• Positive introduction to manufacturing partner for circa one hundred teenagers and fifteen teachers from local high schools
• Promotion of manufacturing and engineering as important, rewarding, and exciting career destinations for young people
• Increased awareness of the range of different jobs available within manufacturing
• Positive media coverage across local and trade press
• Enhanced reputation amongst customers, regulators and the local community
• Development of soft skills amongst existing staff including; improved confidence, interpersonal skills, and team working
• Increased motivation amongst existing staff

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

10th November 2016

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 Enterprise Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and McBride, Europe’s leading supplier of private label household and personal care products.

Price: Free Event

Make It with BAE Systems

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

7th February 2017

Students will learn what its like to work for a global Manufacturing company! 

Students from 15 schools across Lancashire will compete in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprise Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and BAE Systems, a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea.

Price: Free Event


Withington Girls’ School do GGGRRRREEEAATT at the Kellogg’s Make It Challenge!

Written by Miranda King, Nicola Ayoo and Jemima Laniado from Withington Girls’ School Year 10.

On Tuesday 28th June, we took part in the ‘Kellogg’s Make it Enterprise Challenge’ at the AJ Bell stadium in Trafford Park. We were greeted by apprentices from the local Kellogg’s factory and shown to our table where there was a huge selection of cereal bars and other snacks for us to indulge in. The task was introduced to us and we were given 2 ½ hours to design a new breakfast cereal, its branding and the factory which it would be produced in.

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The Survitec Make It Challenge 2016 – Winner’s Story!

We were chosen as a team of 8 by our Business Studies teacher to take part in this exciting competition to take the opportunity to experience the world of manufacturing and develop our enterprise skills. We were excited in the lead up to the event and on the day we were eager to get involved in the activities put before us.

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