Careers include, but are not limited to, roles such as technologists, technicians, engineers, designers, machinists, and welders. UK manufacturing accounts for 9% of the UK’s GDP (economic size and health) and its impact is no different in Buckinghamshire - the stats below speak for themselves on the importance of manufacturing for our local economy and jobs market.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Buckinghamshire is home to around 1,500 manufacturing firms – see below for our top employers.
- These firms employ in the range of 18,500 workers.
- Formula 1 and other motorsport businesses in the Silverstone Technology Cluster are highly reliant on state-of-the-art technologies, cutting-edge design and manufacturing, particularly those that come from local innovation.
- Buckinghamshire is well known for its ‘top-tier’ manufacturing capabilities in areas such as Engineering in Aviation, Motorsport and Aerodynamics, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, Lightweight Composites and Carbon Fibre.
- Compared to its national counterparts, Buckinghamshire is more specialised in 5 sub-sectors of manufacturing. These are the manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and preparations; manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products; treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste; manufacture of other transport equipment; and civil engineering.
ROUTES INTO MANUFACTURING ROLES:
Use the list below as a starting point for what you could study to work within the Manufacturing sector in Buckinghamshire.
- Science, Design and Engineering courses are on offer at all local Colleges and would provide a great foundation for going to work in a related manufacturing role.
- Bucks New University offers Undergraduate courses in Engineering Design, Building and Construction Engineering, and Product Design.