ERJ staff report (BC)
London – Michelin’s manufacturing facility in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, is hosting local school pupils on 22 and 24 October as it aims to encourage young people into engineering careers.
Pupils from 11 schools in Ballymena and Antrim will find out about production processes at the plant, which employs around 1,000 people to produce buses and truck tires.
Michelin engineers will guide a tour of the factory before the pupils take part in a competition to design an innovative product. Company experts will judge the entries, with the winner receiving a cheque for school funds.
John Milsted, Michelin’s factory manager, said: “If Northern Ireland is to thrive, it needs to promote jobs in the manufacturing sector and this “See Inside Manufacturing” event is one way of doing this.
“The image of manufacturing is changing for the better, but there are still many young people who don’t appreciate the variety, challenges and rewards offered by companies like Michelin.
“Events like this are really important in helping to nurture Ballymena’s next generation of engineers. Showing young people first-hand what is involved in the manufacturing process can help ignite a passion that can lead to a long-term and rewarding career.”
Michelin’s other UK facilities in Dundee and Stoke-on-Trent are also taking part in the year’s “See Inside Manufacturing” initiative.