Yorkshire Manufacturers & E3 Recruitment gear up to support Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2022 for its fifth year
For over 5 years Bradford Manufacturing Weeks has brought Yorkshire manufacturers and schools together through a series of events to introduce careers in manufacturing to young people throughout the district. Launched by the Bradford Chamber of Commerce in 2017, E3 Recruitment has been a proud sponsor of the initiative 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.
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.
What events will we see this year?
Taking place from the 3rd to the 14th of October, there are a number of new events being introduced this year which include specialist manufacturing site visits, and events for pupils with special educational needs (SEND) alongside University of Bradford Faculty tours.
This year will also see the return of the popular event ‘Women in Manufacturing’ hosted by Victoria Wainwright from sponsor Naylor Wintersgill, where students will have the opportunity to speak with Nancy Scott (Asset Manager at Solenis), Sophie Grincourt (Quality Control Manager from Carnaud MetalBox), Katy Trewartha (Social & Responsibility Officer at Orean), Fauzia Raza (Process Improvement Manager from Christeyns), Emmalene Kuras (Production Manager from Canvasman) and Ifzal Parveen (Technical Support Engineer from Lindapter).
Two Apprentice Panels will take place on the 5th and 11th of October, sponsored by LCF Law and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will see young people getting the chance to speak to apprentices of different levels currently working with Solenis, Christeyns, BorgWarner, Produmax, Gesipa, Carnaud Metalbox, Orean, Mansfield Pollard, Powell and Keighley Labs.
Specialty chemical company Solenis will be leading a virtual session designed for students with SEND or/and EHCP, to give an insight into the skills and attitudes needed when entering the world of work. Gesipa, experts in Blind Rivets, Blind Rivet Nuts and processing technology will also be hosting a virtual talk allowing for young people across the district to get involved and find out more about the manufacturing industry.
E3R’s, James Soden (Director) will be hosting this year’s Manufacturing Panel where pupils will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from industry leaders, Lee Griffith (Solenis), Justin Kerslake (Christeyns), Diana Schofield (Gesipa), Debbie Mellor (Keighley Labs) and Sunny Bansal (Lindapter).
A Dragon’s Den-style competition-themed “Tech for Good” has been designed to encourage students to solve a problem based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Who is involved in Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2022?
Pupils from 40 schools and more than 30 local employers are coming together to share experiences of a career in Bradford’s manufacturing sector.
E3R’s clients Thorite, Christeyns, Powell UK, Ex-Pressed Steel Panels, Airedale Chemical, Morrisons, BorgWarner, Carnaud Metalbox Engineering, Mansfield Pollard, Nufarm and Ferno are all taking part this year, offering tours and work experience to schools in the district.
We will also see Produmax, Cimlogic, NG Bailey, TF Automation, Keighley Laboratories, Airedale International Air Conditioning, Lindapter International, Solenis, Archerdale Limited and Orean Personal Care taking part.
Orean’s Company Social and Responsibility Officer Katy Trewartha says “Bradford Manufacturing Weeks is a fantastic way for us to meet the next generation of business leaders and ensure today’s students understand the range of fulfilling careers right here on their doorstep. “We are so grateful to Bradford Manufacturing Weeks for providing additional opportunities to introduce students to our business and helping us secure our future pipeline of talent.”
Robert Fairbairn, Head of Centre at Oastlers’ Keighley site, said: “Thanks to Bradford Manufacturing Weeks we now have connections with a range of manufacturers across the district. We’re also entering the Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2022 competition which asks schools to focus on creating something in line with the UN’s sustainability goals. We’re hoping our students’ entry will be so good, it’ll end up in permanent residence at Orean’s factory in Cleckheaton!”
How to get involved in this year’s or next year’s events
There is still an opportunity for manufacturers to get involved in this year’s event, please click here to register your interest for 2022.
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, if you would like to find out how your organisation can get involved, please contact our marketing team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01484 645 269.