MG volunteers help sell STEM

MG Motor is working with schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

A seismic skills gap is opening in the industry, with figures published by the Confederation of British Industry showing that 39% of businesses seeking employees with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills are finding it difficult to recruit.

To help ease the pressure, MG is working with local organisation STEMNET to inspire interest in the four subjects through practical, hands-on opportunities. Nine engineers from the company are now to working with local schools and providing advice and guidance to help develop engineers of the future.

As part of their roles as volunteers, employees attend various STEM orientated events in a bid to boost the uptake of students on these types of courses. At the school’s careers fair, the technical centre volunteers were able to provide information about the work experience and internships that are on offer at MG Motor UK and SAIC Motor UK.

Chris Wooley, who is a STEM volunteer and works in the vehicle performance department, said, ‘As a STEM ambassador I feel I have the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience obtained throughout my career. My goal is to offer an insight into the world of engineering and provide guidance, inspiration and direction to the younger generation as they embark on their exciting journey.’