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Vauxhall Throws Its Doors Open To See Inside Manufacturing

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LUTON – Nov 1, 2013: For the third year running and as part of the Government’s See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) scheme, Vauxhall has welcomed students, teachers and career advisers to show them the world of manufacturing.

With eight events at its manufacturing plant on Kimpton Road, Luton and its warehouse operation on Toddington Road, Luton, October saw hundreds of young people obtain an insight into Vauxhall’s manufacturing, engineering and supply chain operations, and also gain valuable knowledge of the wide range of careers’ opportunities available to them.

“See Inside Manufacturing is a brilliant initiative supported by Vauxhall and I was delighted to spend time recently touring the Luton plant with pupils from Lealands High School in my Luton North constituency,” said Kelvin Hopkins MP. “I am sure that seeing at first-hand how the excellent Vauxhall Vivaro van is made will have encouraged local young people to give serious thought to a future career in manufacturing. Well done Vauxhall!”

“We are delighted to have opened our doors to interact with students, teachers and career advisors to visit our manufacturing and warehouse facilities,” said Phil Milward, Vauxhall’s HR Director. “It’s crucial we change the sceptical perceptions of manufacturing by allowing the next generation to get behind the scenes at Vauxhall.”

Vauxhall runs successful Apprenticeship, Graduate and Undergraduate schemes, the latter having received a Highly Commended Award from the National Council for Work Experience.

Building over 53,000 Vivaro-type vans at its Luton plant last year, Vauxhall is the UK’s number one manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The Luton facility has been allocated the next generation Vivaro which goes on sale next year and secures production into the next decade.

“We are determined to continue shaking up old fashioned views of manufacturing,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable. “Through the Government’s See Inside Manufacturing campaign we are giving young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing which is highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”