Run by the Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, supported by sponsors, this festival will bring greater awareness to the depth of career opportunities within manufacturing that exist across our region.

This festival, which launched on November 5th 2020, is offering a series of online local events virtually opening the doors of manufacturers to young people, schools and local communities.

A series of webinars will be hosted on a number of topics to raise the profile of manufacturing and support manufacturers to attract the next generation of young people.

Ahead Partnership and Leeds Manufacturing Festival have collaborated to ensure that throughout the next challenging academic year collectively we can continue to make a difference to the aspirations of students across Leeds

In readiness for what we expect to be a heavily disrupted academic year, in particular during Term 1, Ahead Partnership have developed and piloted a series of additional virtual activities with great success for students and business volunteers alike. These new activities will ensure we can continue to reach as many young people as possible whilst social distancing is in place and make it possible for business volunteers to stay connected and offer support, even while working from home.  

“2020 has proven to be a challenging year for all, but we still believe in the future of manufacturing and the opportunities that will arise out of adversity. It is critical that as businesses we should continue to engage with and, invest in the future generations of engineers, manufacturers and the many careers available in our sector. There are many roles in a manufacturing business such as marketing, accounts, purchasing and so many people enjoy producing the great products we see exported all over the world. Britain truly is a manufacturing and innovation giant.”

Ben Wilson / Managing Director, MPM Ltd

“Our links with manufacturing companies – Agfa, Siemens, Braime, Schneider Electric, Lambert Engineering and many more – offer our students fabulous opportunities. They allow students to engage with industry and the world of work by bringing live projects into the classroom. This has an amazing impact on their learning and enthusiasm for manufacturing and engineering. The support of local partners, their time and goodwill, is key to bringing next generation talent into industry.”

Alex Burnham / Principal UTC Leeds

Leeds Manufacturing Alliance
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