SM & E Week 2024 announces programme for the manufacturers & engineers of the future

The award-winning Nineteen Group has announced a full programme of STEM activities that will take place under the banner ‘Manufacturers & Engineers of the Future’ at Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week on 6 June at Birmingham’s NEC. Students and apprentices are welcome on both days of the event, but the STEM programme runs on the afternoon of day two.

The STEM programme begins with several keynote presentations. Firstly, taking place in the Design & Innovation theatre at 1:30pm on 6 June is a presentation from EngineeringUK, a not-for-profit whose mission is to enable more young people from all backgrounds to be inspired, informed and progress into engineering. Secondly, at 2pm in the same venue Richard Noble OBE will discuss how Bloodhound’s education mission is to inspire a generation to become engaged with STEM and explore careers related to it.

Several workshops are also planned with Coventry University leading two sessions during the afternoon one on Robot Cars that promises to explore how you can develop and innovate the technology behind driverless vehicles and the other on Smart Manufacturing, which is a discovery workshop addressing the question of ‘How can you help make the future of manufacturing intelligent?’

Speaking about the programme Grace Gilling, Managing Director of The Manufacturer said, “Our dedicated STEM afternoon enables students and apprentices, who are about to take the first steps of their careers, to engage with the rapidly evolving world of manufacturing and engineering and to make connections with businesses of all sizes that will be their future employers. Plus, from the employer’s perspective it enables them to meet with the talented people they need in the future.”

There is a wide range of activities taking place at Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week that are STEM focused. In Hall 5 Stand G11 JJA Snack will be inviting visitors on an exciting chocolate making journey. This hands-on experience offers insight into engineering principles and makes learning not only worthwhile but also delicious. JJA Snack’s approach equips students with skills and knowledge that align with the evolving needs of the industry. Also, in Hall 5 WorldSkills UK, working with FANUC, is hosting the qualifiers for the 2024 Industrial Robotics competition. Visitors are invited to watch the teams of 16–20-year-olds complete their robotic tasks against the clock.

In Hall 4 Stand A116 Lisl Aerospace is showcasing the various roles and positions within a manufacturing business from software engineering to quality control to research and development. Plus, interested visitors will be able to get 1-1 guidance with interviews or apprenticeship applications. Similarly Make UK, an organisation at the forefront of delivering world-class engineering apprenticeships and skills training will be in Hall4 Stand L21 advising young people about apprenticeships. More support is available from the STEMETTES, an award-winning social enterprise working to support girls, young women and non-binary young people into STEM careers.

As well as the activity aimed at young people there is also a large representation of them taking part in the exhibition itself. Coventry University, for example, have their degree apprenticeship team, student recruitment team and current students available to chat to and are exhibiting with a theme of AI and future transport engineering. Exhibits will include the award winning IMechE Formula AI Car and Formula Student cars developed and raced by a multidisciplinary team of motorsport, electrical and electronic student engineers. Additionally, the stand will feature unmanned aerial vehicles designed, and flown by aerospace students in national and international competitions. Additional state of the art technologies includes a Hexicoptor and an AI Robot Dog.

To guide STEM focused visitors around Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week the STEM visitor trail will help in navigating between the most relevant exhibition stands, Solutions Theatres and networking opportunities. The visitor trail can be accessed using a printed map or by using a QR code when they enter the exhibition hall. To register for a free pass to Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week please visit:

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