Organisers of the world’s largest exhibition Bauma has said that it has prioritised the skills issue ahead of selling all exhibition space at the 2016 construction equipment event in Munich, Germany.
Despite having more than 700 firms vying for space at the exhibition, event organiser Messe Munchen has put aside 4,000m2 of the event space – the Think Big hall – to highlight engineering opportunities to young people.
Space at the 605,000m2 venue is sold out and a new “meeting lounge” has been created for the 700 businesses that were unable to secure exhibition space at the 2016 event.
The Think Big hall will be dedicated to young people with demonstrations and hand-on experiences to show the range of opportunities that exist within the construction equipment and civil engineering sectors. There will also be information points providing details of study opportunities, training and job opportunities.
German engineering association VDMA is working with Messe Munchen and 12 Munich-based businesses to host the event. “It will build on the first event in 2013 and we hope to attract as many children between the ages of 12 and 18 as possible,” said VDMA managing director Joachim Schmid.