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How Bradford Manufacturing Week has transformed the lives of thousands of students

A report analyzing the 2021 West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce-led careers initiative showed that 100 per cent of participating schools felt their students benefited from participation.

Compiled by school and career professionals at Bradford The Opportunity Centre, which coordinated the school and manufacturer’s activities for two weeks, the report shows that in just 10 days, nearly 3,000 local youths aged 14-18 had some form of manufacturing experience As Bradford Manufacturers have revived the sector with in-person tours, online “Meet the Manufacturer” and “Meet the Trainees” and Barclays Life Skills Workshops.

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Listen to Sanna Nissa, a 10th year student at Bradford School for Girls, who this year joined 100 members in her annual group to hear from manufacturing leaders from Gsippa, Canvassman, Solinis, Kelly Laboratories, Prodomax, Mansfield Pollard and Christens in the UK: To the women at the school crafting board – they were very honest about their experiences and gave us great tips and advice.

“Our range of activities in 2021 means we have, once again, been able to produce another educational, inspiring, and invaluable two-week event. The Jobs. Real Legacy,” said Nick Garthwaite, Head of the Steering Group for Bradford Manufacturing Weeks and Director of Christines Chemicals and Detergents in Bradford. It is the ongoing relationships between manufacturers and schools.”

“It was surprising to hear about the different opportunities that exist in manufacturing – it’s definitely not what I imagined it to be and it made me want to learn more about the career options available.”

Another link was formed when South Craven School student Holly Emmott met a former pupil and now apprentice design engineer, Kyle Elliott, during a field visit to the Skipton Jason International factory.

Kyle joined Guyson after hearing a presentation from company managing director Mark Viner during Bradford Manufacturing Weeks in 2018 and went on to participate in mock interviews hosted by Guyson in 2019, officially joining the team as an intern later that year.

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“Our range of activities in 2021 means we have, once again, been able to produce another educational, inspiring, and invaluable two-week event. The Jobs. Real Legacy,” said Nick Garthwaite, Head of the Steering Group for Bradford Manufacturing Weeks and Director of Christines Chemicals and Detergents in Bradford. It is the ongoing relationships between manufacturers and schools.”

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