Opportunities to engage in specific schemes aimed at encouraging factory and site tours by schools and others

The See Inside Manufacturing (SIM) programme is an industry led programme in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS).

SIM gives young people and their teachers the chance to “See Behind the Scenes” of modern UK manufacturing. By opening the doors of modern UK manufacturing facilities, we aim to show how innovative and interesting manufacturing can be. It gives manufacturing businesses the opportunity to inform and inspire the next generation of manufacturers and engineers and their teachers.


BIS is working alongside a range of trade bodies that can offer advice and support to arrange a SIM

visit. A full list of partner organisations can be found at:


EXTERNAL LINK: See Inside Manufacturing

This pack gives you the essential information you will need to organise and evaluate a SIM visit. Contents:

  • A Guide for Business
  • See Inside Manufacturing Q&A
  • School/College contact letter template
  • SIM case studies
  • Evaluation questionnaires for:
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Businesses
  • SIM logo guidance and SIM logo in JPEG format.

Department for Innovation Innovation and Skills are able to provide expert advice on arranging a SIM visit. We are also happy to discuss any ideas, questions or concerns you may have about engaging with the SIM programme. Please feel free to get in touch by phone or email: sim@bis.gsi.gov.uk




Proudly showing our industry in action

Results of surveys tell us that manufacturing and engineering generally, and perhaps the construction equipment industry in particular, has an image problem. It is often perceived to be an old-fashioned and unsophisticated industry with a workforce working in dirty and unattractive workplaces. Added to this there is a serious disconnect with the education sector at all levels, from primary through secondary to tertiary, with a poor or non-existent representation of the industry in terms of career guidance.
It is time for our industry to open its doors to proudly showcase the reality of its modern, high-tech credentials and to demonstrate our commitment to promoting our industry as a provider of attractive, varied and worthwhile career paths.
Here are two leading examples of specific schemes in which companies can easily become engaged.