Next Gen Makers is an innovative private sector initiative in the West Midlands that organises and facilitates activity to enable Engineering and Manufacturing firms to inspire more young engineers into their workforce and their sector.

Our mission is to help our member companies to ‘inspire the next generation of makers’ in local Colleges and Secondary Schools and successfully engage students in positive experiences with employers – our ‘Champions’.

Next Gen Makers enables engineering employers to achieve this, through organised and facilitated events with local Colleges and Schools such as Factory Visits, Work Experience, Careers Talks, Speaker Opportunities and managed recruitment.

Our Champions recognise that it is business critical to future proof their workforce and that they have a responsibility to inspire and engage the next generation into their business and industry.

There is no better way to discover a future apprentice and inspire the next generation of makers.


Reach over 1,000 Full Time Engineering students across our 5 partner Colleges. Engage local secondary school students with industry experiences.

Careers Workshops

Factory Visits

Work Experience

Inspirational Talks

Become a Next Gen Makers CHAMPION

Inspire more local young people to work at your company

Promote yourselves as an attractive employer for Apprenticeships

Be seen to be a leader in creating opportunities for young people in your local area

Publicly demonstrate your support and involvement in a proactive movement benefitting your industry