Bradford’s manufacturers given last call to be part of Manufacturing Weeks

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks
Nick Garthwaite. Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

With more than 75% of the district’s secondary schools and colleges already on board, the organisers of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks are making a last call for businesses to sign up to offer students valuable insights into manufacturing careers.

Founder of the week and MD of international chemical and detergents manufacturer Christeyns, Nick Garthwaite, is urging manufacturers to register their interest before Friday 19thJuly, so they can be partnered with schools before they shut for the summer holidays.

“The success of last year’s event has been absolutely phenomenal. Not only did the initiative achieve great things during the week, but the lasting legacy is still inspiring those that took part and as a result, we have had record breaking sign ups from both schools and manufacturers for 2019. However, to ensure that we can provide at least one experience for every young person we still need more businesses on board.”

In order to accommodate demand, Bradford Manufacturing Week has been extended to take place over fortnight. So far, more than 50 businesses are already signed up, with manufacturers such as Solenis, Airedale International, Christeyns, Expressed Steel Panels, TF Automation and Morrisons and is backed with further sponsorship from E3 Recruitment, Mitton, Gordons LLP, Naylor Wintersgill, Leeds and Bradford Airport, global training provider Dale Carnegie and the University of Bradford. The initiative will complement the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, an initiative co-ordinated by Leeds Chamber of Commerce and Leeds Manufacturing Alliance which also aims to showcase career opportunities to young people.

One manufacturer looking forward to the event is Guyson International, the leading blast, ultrasonic and spray washing equipment manufacturer based in Skipton. MD Mark Viner said: “Bradford Manufacturing Week last year was an eye opener for the management team here at Guyson, in terms of relationships with schools and having a better understanding of what young people want from their future employer.

“As part of the initiative we carried out school talks, factory visits and mock interviews with students from Keighley College and South Craven school. We were so impressed by the students from South Craven school that we have offered two apprenticeships. We’re looking forward to being involved with Bradford Manufacturing Weeks again this year and can’t wait to welcome students on site once again.”

To be a part of this year’s Bradford Manufacturing Weeks from 7-18 October contact the team at Bradford Chamber on 01274 206660 or email bmw@wnychamber.co.uk.