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positions, and many junior roles pay
notoriously low wages. However,
many firms provide training in the
workplace, sometimes alongside
formal vocational qualifications such
as NVQs, which will help you move up.

Appliances
This sector includes companies
that manufacture our household
gadgets - from washing machines and
vacuum cleaners to electric blankets
and kettles. Some of the biggest
home appliance manufacturers,
including Dualit, Dyson, Kenwood,
Morphy Richards and Russell
Hobbs, are based in the UK.
The household appliance industry
is one of the main employers of
product designers. Whether devising a
completely new product or enhancing
an existing one, a product designer
aims to ensure the resulting gadget is
easy to use, efficient, cost-effective to
produce and attractive in appearance.
After all, Smeg fridges and Dyson
vacuum cleaners didn't gain good
reputations due only to their practical
functions alone - they can be things
of beauty in their own right.
As well as having a logical mind, you
will need to be creative and computersavvy since your key tasks will include
developing ideas, making sketches
and picking out suitable materials,
using computer design software to
produce detailed final drawings. You'll
need to have completed a relevant
qualification at degree, foundation
degree or BTEC/HND level.

THE TIME IS RIPE FOR YOUNG
PEOPLE IN MANUFACTURING
The manufacturers' organisation EEF
produced a report in 2016 that showed
that UK graduate engineering salaries
rose 4% from the previous year to top
£28,000. Such an increase means
engineering graduates - many of whom
are employed in manufacturing - now
earn 22% more than other UK graduates,
which is an extra £5,000 a year. This
trend continues up the ladder, with
engineers and senior engineers earning
well above the national average.
The UK manufacturing industry is also
a leader in apprenticeships. According
to the UK Commission for Employment
and Skills, 19% of manufacturers offer
formal apprenticeships, compared with
15% across the economy as a whole and
14% of business and other services.
Despite all this, the UK manufacturing
sector still urgently needs to recruit
more young people. It frequently
struggles to find the right employees,

according to an independent report
published early in 2017 by Professor
John Uff of King's College London.
The report found that manufacturers
and teachers struggle to adequately
explain the world of industry to young
people because they lack inspiring
resources to teach STEM subjects
(science, technology, engineering
and mathematics). As a result, they
are failing to encourage them to
consider STEM activities as a career.
Made Here Now is an initiative that aims
to shift perceptions of manufacturing and
attract talent to the sector. It spreads the
message that the industry can provide
a bright future, challenging negative
perceptions and convincing more
young people that it offers an attractive
career. The campaign website has a
range of useful information and career
options, including apprenticeships and
placements. Visit madeherenow.com.

Railways
Britain has a proud history of building
locomotives and, as the pioneer of
railway development, is at the forefront
of building even bigger and better rail
systems. The sector employs 240,000
people and is a growing industry - the
number of rail journeys is expected
to double over the next 25 years and
freight is set to grow significantly too.
In autumn 2017, the Department for
Transport set out details of a £48bn
investment in the rail system over
the next five-year funding period, an
increase of more than £10bn from
the last period. "This settlement will
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