Japanese plant aims to boost image of UK engineering

Nissan's Sunderland plant is inviting the region's schools to learn about the world of engineering.

Around 2,500 students, aged 11 to 13, will tour the plant's manufacturing facilities and meet and greet engineering professionals, who will give presentations and set problem-solving tasks.

The free event, in conjunction with regional development agency One NorthEast, hopes to promote the importance of engineering and the range of career opportunities it provides.

Sunderland plant engineering director Richard Ebrahim said: "Engineering is a fascinating subject and features prominently in everyday life.

"We've run a successful graduate engineering training programme for the last 20 years, which has seen a number high-calibre professionals go on to do great things within Nissan globally.

"The main aim of the event is to show students, who are at pre-GCSE stage, that engineering is a diverse, exciting and rewarding career."

Image: The Sunderland car plant has been recognised as Europe's most efficient

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