Two of Renfrewshire’s most prominent organisations have come together in a new partnership, supporting care experienced young people into employment through opportunities in STEM.

Scottish child and youth charity, Kibble, has joined forces with the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), forming an ongoing partnership to shed light on the opportunities within the manufacturing sector and the accessible routes to employment.

It is hoped that through the collaboration the organisations will encourage young people to consider a career in STEM, with plans to welcome them on regular visits to the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), one of the specialist technology centres within NMIS, when current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The partnership comes as work at the new NMIS HQ, at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshire, gets well underway, with two thirds of the structural steel for the digital factory now in place. At around 1.5 times the size of Hampden football pitch, the full NMIS facility will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and a collaboration hub.

The new NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy will link with Kibble’s very own skills academy, with both organisations working together to create long lasting opportunities for the young people.

Kibble provides a range of services for at risk young people from the age of 5 to 26 who may have experienced trauma or adversity. By providing consistent care, education and therapeutic supports, it open opportunities for young people and establishes important connections and learning experiences that help shape positive futures.

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