ONE of Worcester's largest employers is giving people the chance to take a look around its city factory.

Yamazaki Mazak, which employs more than 500 people, is celebrating National Manufacturing Day with a special open day.

This will allow the public to take a peek round the company's city manufacturing site.

The open day on Thursday, July 7 will also include guided tours of the company's plant which makes state-of-the-art machine tools and laser machines.

The site produces more than 1,000 machine tools a year with those attending the event also able to explore its European Technology Centre and Solutions Gallery.

People will be able to watch a number of live cutting demonstrations on Mazak machines as well as completed workpieces.

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Attendees will also be able to talk to current Mazak apprentices and graduates, as well as those who have completed their training, about the diverse range of entry points to a career in manufacturing.

The company hopes people interested in pursuing a career with Mazak can use the opportunity to find out more about it.

Richard Smith, European group managing director at Yamazaki Mazak, said: "Having worked in manufacturing for over 35 years, I’d be hard-pressed to think of a more exciting time to get involved.

"From automation to Artificial Intelligence, the definition of what is possible is constantly being rewritten thanks to the level of innovation within our industry.

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"National Manufacturing Day is a fantastic opportunity to gain inside knowledge of our exciting and diverse industry.

"Whether you are a student, a school leaver considering an apprenticeship, part of the local community, or a more experienced worker looking at reskilling, the open event will allow you to see the inside of a fully-operational smart factory and talk directly to the people behind the scenes of manufacturing excellence."

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