Prince Charles visiting the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Halewood, Merseyside

Prince Charles promotes engineering careers to youth

The Prince of Wales has launched a drive to get more young people into manufacturing and engineering industries during a visit to Merseyside.

Prince Charles unveiled a £2.4 million boost for Business Class, a scheme which helps successful firms work with schools in deprived areas, and a roll-out of Industrial Cadets, which helps young people get involved in manufacturing and engineering.

Speaking following a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) production plant in Halewood, the Prince warned that Britain is in danger of relinquishing its world class reputation if more young people are not attracted into the industries.

Charles said: "Too often it seems forgotten in this country that Britain is very good at manufacturing and has all sorts of remarkable skills of ingenuity, inventiveness and how to put brilliant ideas into production.

"As a country, we are rightly proud of our industrial heritage and we should also celebrate our continued success as a standard-bearer for quality manufacturing and engineering throughout the world."

Charles highlighted car production, quality shirt making, precision engineering and craftsmanship, adding: "Britain is a truly global leader and, of course, we have to be careful to invest in that manufacturing and creativity by ensuring the sector has access to enough talented young people with the necessary skills to help these companies grow."

The Prince is carrying out a series of visits over two days to champion the "Best of British" engineering and manufacturing in the UK.

Business Class, run by the Prince's Business in the Community (BITC) charity, helps successful firms form long-term partnerships with schools in deprived communities that could benefit from their help and expertise.

The new funding will help BITC meet its target to build 500 partnerships by 2015 and help over 75,000 young people.

While at JLR, he saw how the company is working in partnership with Knowsley School as part of the Business Class programme. Charles, joined by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, also launched Industrial Cadets, a national initiative backed by Mr Pickles's department to encourage young people to join manufacturing industries.

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