Bradford Manufacturing Weeks Getting To Know You Event

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks Getting To Know You Event

Being a specialist recruiter for manufacturing and engineering, we know the importance of introducing young people to careers in these sectors, which is why we support initiatives like Bradford Manufacturing Weeks and Leeds Manufacturing Festival to help close the skills gap and futureproof our long-term candidate pipeline.

Being a sponsor of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, we will be attending the first Getting to Know You event which takes place next Thursday 23rd June 15:30 – 17:00 at the Opportunity Centre in Bradford, and pairs schools with local manufacturers offering work experience, factory tours and school talks during Bradford Manufacturing weeks in October. The event is an opportunity to network with all those involved and to highlight the positive impact of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks which runs from 3rd October to 14th October.

Since 2018, we have supported the annual campaign, led by the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which has created more than 15,000 manufacturing experiences for the district’s 14–18-year-old students by delivering two weeks of employer-led manufacturing activities into Bradford’s schools and colleges.

This year’s Bradford Manufacturing Weeks will include the popular Women in Manufacturing Q&A event, “Meet the Manufacturer” and “Meet the Apprentice” panel events, University of Bradford faculty tours and a host of factory site visits, work placement opportunities and activities tailored to pupils with special educational needs.

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks is delivered in partnership with Bradford-based school and career specialists The Opportunity Centre, and following last year’s success which saw manufacturing experiences delivered to 3,000 local young people, this year’s fortnight will continue to combine online and in-person experiences.

Addressing guests at the launch event, Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “By bringing together the region’s manufacturers with schools and colleges, our young people get to see first-hand the creativity and innovation that is happening on their doorstep.

“As your Mayor, I am championing our fabulous regional businesses and ensuring that we have skills and training provision that helps people to get up and get on. Our manufacturing industry plays a vital role in this. West Yorkshire is home to more manufacturing jobs than anywhere else in the North and I want us to do all that we can to support our world-class manufacturing sector. I look forward to Bradford Manufacturing Weeks this October and working together to help shape the future of Bradford’s brilliant manufacturing industry.”  

Nick Garthwaite, the founder of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks and Vice-Chair of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber board, said: “Every year, we want to reach as many young people as possible and give them the experiences that will shape their views and career aspirations. Today’s event and announcements kickstart five months of preparations and communications before we deliver on our promise, in October, to bring meaningful manufacturing experiences into the lives of our young people.

“We want Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2022 to be our most impactful yet. We can change lives, change futures, and change perspectives on the career opportunities manufacturing brings – but we cannot do it alone. We need manufacturers and schools to register now on the Bradford Manufacturing Weeks website to ensure we can plan for and deliver the experiences in schools and onsite which will ensure our young people recognise and reach their potential.”

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2022 will deliver a programme of events and opportunities for school and employer engagements. For more details and to register your involvement in Bradford, visit

20th June 2022

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