EDM welcomed a group of engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) last month.

Accompanied by lecturers from the university's School of Engineering, the students spent an afternoon at EDM's 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility in Newton Heath, east Manchester, where they were given a guided tour by some of the company's graduate engineers.

Witnessing first-hand the manufacturing processes, the group saw some of EDM's product range including door trainers and cabin emergency evacuation trainers for various airline customers as well as training simulators currently in production for defence sector clients. Most of the UCLan students also enjoyed piloting EDM's G-cueing seat demonstrator which simulates the experience of flying a Hawk jet training aircraft at high speed and low level through the valleys of Wales. This was the second visit this year to EDM by a group of engineering students from UCLan.

"Inspiring the next generation of British engineers is very important to us," said Tony Bermingham, managing director of EDM. "The country needs more engineers to help power the manufacturing sector and broader economy and we also hope by building close links with leading universities such as UCLan we can attract the best young talent to help EDM retain its position as a world-leading manufacturer."

Dr Martin Varley, Academic Lead in Electronic and Robotics Engineering at UCLan commented: "EDM has recently approved a placement programme and we hope to have UCLan students working at EDM for summer placements and year-long placements starting this summer. These opportunities for hands-on industrial experience will clearly enhance the students' learning and personal development."