Sec­tor’s show­case event aims to tar­get 20,000 stu­dents.

Brad­ford Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week gets its of­fi­cial launch

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Am­bi­tious plans to give more than 20,000 school­child­ren a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the world of man­u­fac­tur­ing have of­fi­cially been launched in Brad­ford.

Brad­ford Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week will take place be­tween Oc­to­ber 8 and 12 with the aim to in­tro­duce the district’s man­u­fac­tur­ers to young peo­ple and boost ap­pren­tice­ship num­bers.

Or­gan­ised by West & North York­shire Cham­ber and backed by the newly-formed Brad­ford Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, the week-long pro­gramme is de­signed to cre­ate more in­spired, in­formed and ‘work ready’ ap­pli­cants into the sec­tor.

Led by Nick Garth­waite, pres­i­dent of Brad­ford Cham­ber and MD of in­ter­na­tional chem­i­cals and de­ter­gents man­u­fac­turer Christeyns, the week aims to en­gage with around 75 lo­cal schools, reach more than 20,000 14-18 year-old stu­dents and cre­ate 1,000 work ex­pe­ri­ence days across the district.

With sup­port from some of Brad­ford’s ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing BASF, Keigh­ley Lab­o­ra­to­ries and Thorite and backed with head­line spon­sor­ship from Bar­clays, the launch marks the start of six months of school and man­u­fac­turer en­gage­ment be­fore the week of events, tours, work place­ments, com­pany vis­its and sem­i­nars be­gin in Oc­to­ber.

Brad­ford’s econ­omy has 1,200 busi­nesses in­volved in man­u­fac­tur­ing, em­ploy­ing 23,000 peo­ple – the fourth high­est of any city district in the UK.

Brad­ford’s man­u­fac­tur­ing GVA out­put was worth £1.5bn in 2016 ac­count­ing for 15 per cent of the district’s to­tal out­put. En­gi­neer­ing is the district’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, which also in­cludes

chem­i­cals, food and drink and tex­tiles.

The York­shire Mr Garth­waite told Post

he be­lieves the Brad­ford ini­tia­tive, along­side the Cham­ber’s Oc­to­ber Leeds Man­u­fac­tur­ing Fes­ti­val, will in­spire other cities across the UK to host their own man­u­fac­tur­ing weeks.

He said: “Old man­u­fac­tur­ing is evolv­ing into some­thing quite spe­cial.

“The cham­ber is lead­ing two high im­pact man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor ini­tia­tives be­cause we want young peo­ple to see for them­selves the ex­cit­ing and pro­gres­sive ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties it presents.

“De­spite Brad­ford be­ing the youngest city in the UK with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of school leavers, our ap­pren­tice­ships are low.

“From Au­gust 2016 to Jan­uary 2018 just 1,510 were un­der­taken across the man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor in Brad­ford and there are just 80 man­u­fac­tur­ing ap­pren­tice­ships we know of that are cur­rently be­ing of­fi­cially ad­ver­tised.

“We want to en­cour­age man­u­fac­tur­ers to con­sider ap­pren­tice­ships to fu­ture­proof their work­force and for young peo­ple to con­sider ap­pren­tice­ships as an al­ter­na­tive route to a skilled and re­ward­ing ca­reer.

“By im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween schools and man­u­fac­tur­ers and show­ing just what an in­no­va­tive in­dus­try this is, we be­lieve we can at­tract the right tal­ent and cre­ate a strong, skilled core base for our grow­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.” Brad­ford Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week is be­ing de­liv­ered with Brad­ford­based school and ca­reer spe­cial­ists As­pire-igen with ad­di­tional spon­sor­ship from Gor­dons, Nay­lor Win­ter­s­gill, the Brad­ford Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, Mit­ton Me­chan­i­cal and the Univer­sity of Brad­ford, along­side a steer­ing group in­clud­ing Brad­ford Gram­mar School, Brad­ford Coun­cil and lo­cal busi­nesses. Deb­bie Mullen, head of man­u­fac­tur­ing in York­shire for Bar­clays, said: “Man­u­fac­tur­ing is the back­bone of the Bri­tish econ­omy and it is vi­tal we help at­tract the next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent to lead the in­dus­try for­ward. We are look­ing for­ward to help­ing this am­bi­tious ini­tia­tive bring the best of the re­gion’s man­u­fac­tur­ers to­gether with schools and col­leges to in­spire young peo­ple to con­sider a fu­ture in man­u­fac­tur­ing.” Mr Garth­waite added: “To make Brad­ford Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week a suc­cess we need all man­u­fac­tur­ers to open their doors and help us in­spire and ex­cite young peo­ple by show­cas­ing their prod­ucts, in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy and to demon­strate just how much they con­trib­ute to the lo­cal and na­tional econ­omy.

“We want smaller and larger man­u­fac­tur­ers to back this ini­tia­tive and we’ll make sure any­one who gets in­volved is given full sup­port in host­ing work place­ments, tours and events.

“This is a cel­e­bra­tion of our district’s man­u­fac­tur­ing might and we should be shout­ing from the rooftops about Brad­ford’s mag­nif­i­cent man­u­fac­tur­ing her­itage and ad­vance­ments into the fu­ture.”

The Brad­ford Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week pro­gramme was of­fi­cially launched at Christeyns’ head­quar­ters on Rut­land Street in Brad­ford.

Now in its sixth decade the firm is a leader in the spe­cial­ist clean­ing sec­tor.

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

SUP­PORT:

Main pic­ture, Nick Garth­waite, Christeyns MD, with ap­pren­tices Lau­ren Bean and Jor­dan Smith. The com­pany is help­ing to pro­mote the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week.

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