Nissan has announced a major expansion of its schools engagement activities in the UK, using electric vehicles, motor sports and its manufacturing excellence to excite thousands of young people about careers in industry.
A range of workshops, competitions, practical activities and facility tours will see more than 15,000 students experience the innovation and excitement of 21st century automotive design, engineering and manufacturing over the next two years.
Under the umbrella of the Nissan Skills Foundation, the new initiatives include sponsorship of F1 in Schools, a competition bringing the thrill of Formula 1 racing into classrooms across North East England. Other activities include Industrial Cadets plus the Nissan Blue Citizenship programmes Eco School and Monozukuri Caravan.
The initiative has been announced as Nissan once again supports the UK Government's 'See Inside Manufacturing' programme by opening its doors to give young people a unique behind-the-scenes insight into its UK operations.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan's Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said: "The Nissan Skills Foundation has been created to inspire the next generation of British design, engineering, and manufacturing talent.
"There are many elements of this wider programme, which will be the focus of our community activity in North East England and will excite many thousands of young people about science and engineering."
Commenting on the Nissan Skills Foundation, Skills Minister Nick Boles said: "I am delighted that employers like Nissan are playing such an important role in inspiring children and young people to take up careers in manufacturing, science and engineering.
"Alongside the See Inside Manufacturing scheme, the Nissan Skills Foundation will help children and young people to understand the value of careers in this sector and ensure that businesses have the skills they need to grow."
by: Rebecca Chaplin