Laurie-ann Smith from PEME has been announced as one of thirty young rising stars of the manufacturing world by Business Minister Mark Prisk. The Make it in Great Britain ‘30 Under 30’ come from all walks of manufacturing and were selected by a panel of expert judges.
As well as Laurie-ann, who is a Reliability Engineer at PEME, they include young talent from companies such as Pendennis Shipyard and GlaxoSmithKline as well as SMEs including The Paper Cup Company and Vantage Power.
Laurie-ann was selected for being a true high-flyer, standing out from her peers and demonstrating passion, enthusiasm and ambition in her role. She will now go on to act as an ambassador for the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. She will have a special role in engaging with other young people, to ensure that the next generation is aware of the great jobs and careers in the industry. Laurie-ann is a product of the PEME Apprenticeship scheme.
Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “There’s a huge range of different job opportunities in modern manufacturing, in design, in engineering and in production. We need more talented, enthusiastic people to fill these roles, and we hope that the 30 Under 30 will inspire the next generation to consider a career in manufacturing.”
Paul Jackson, CEO of Engineering UK and one of the 30 Under 30 judges added: “I am always impressed at the level of young talent present in manufacturing and engineering, and over the years have met countless young people brimming with potential who have gone on to achieve great things. That is one of the reasons why I am supporting Make it in Great Britain, and why I was happy to be a judge for the 30 under 30. We need to be encouraging more motivated, ambitious young people to consider careers in manufacturing to ensure that the industry continues to grow. The 30 Under 30 finalists are all enjoying successful careers, and I believe that they will inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps. I look forward to meeting them.”
Successful entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den Star Deborah Meaden is backing the Make it in Great Britain campaign, and is particularly supportive of the 30 under 30. She said: “It’s important to encourage young people to see the value of manufacturing careers. The 30 under 30 will be a valuable asset to the campaign by offering a fresh perspective on what it takes to start-up a business or launch new ideas. I look forward to working alongside them to help inspire the next generation of youngsters about a future in manufacturing.”
The Make it in Great Britain campaign will culminate in an exhibition at the Science Museum, taking place from 24 July until 9 September. To find out more about Make it in Great Britain, please visit the Make it in Great Britain website.