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Dundee's Michelin factory to encourage engineering careers

Michelin Dundee
Image caption Tours will be held at the tyre plant as part of a scheme to encourage engineering careers

Scotland's only tyre factory has opened its doors to school pupils and university students in attempt to encourage them to take up a career in engineering.

The Michelin plant in Dundee will show visitors how the factory operates.

It is part of the UK government's See Inside Manufacturing programme.

The initiative was launched in 2011 by the UK Automotive Council and is supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

As well as local school pupils and students, Michelin will also welcome representatives from Skills Development Scotland, the education department of Angus Council and SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) to highlight the opportunities within the industry.

New apprenticeships

The tours form part of a scheme launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable encouraging school children to visit manufacturing sites across the UK.

It is hoped the programme will help create an additional 250,000 apprenticeships in the UK.

John Reid, factory manager at Michelin, said: "We fully support the See Inside Manufacturing scheme, as we are enthusiastic about encouraging young people to develop careers in the manufacturing sector.

"Events such as this are key to igniting a passion for engineering in young people.

"They provide a first-hand way to raise awareness of the range of employment opportunities that exist within the manufacturing sector and throughout the Michelin organisation."

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