A nationwide search for 30 young rising stars employed in the manufacturing industry, all aged under the age of 30, has been launched today for the Make it in Great Britain 30 Under 30 campaign.

Nominations are invited from all areas of manufacturing, from fashion and textiles to aerospace. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will be looking for exceptional young employees across the full range of sectors.

The campaign, launched by business minister Mark Prisk, is a response to the difficulties that are being faced in recruiting new talent to the sector and aims to challenge traditional perceptions of the manufacturing industry.

Once selected, the 30 chosen professionals will play a role in promoting manufacturing careers to the next generation, highlighting the diversity of jobs in the sector which include design, sales, marketing and business management.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: ‘Current perceptions of British manufacturing are out of date. Modern design, engineering and manufacturing offer varied and rewarding jobs for young people, yet many people don’t realise this. We want 30 young people working in industry to explain to their generation just what they’re missing.’

If you know someone who should be included in the campaign then visit http://bis.gov.uk/makeitingreatbritain.