Leeds Manufacturing Festival is offering a series of online local events virtually opening the doors of manufacturers to young people, schools and local communities.
Working with the Ahead Partnership and our sponsors, we have organised a packed programme of events that will run from February through to the beginning of July. Highlights of this year’s festival include exhibiting at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair, a manufacturing careers showcase to be hosted by Leeds City College, a series of manufacturing ‘treks’ and workplace visits for school and college students and live careers events taking place in schools.
The festival will also see the return of the ‘Next Gen’ Awards, in April, celebrating the achievements of outstanding young people working in the industry. In addition to the awards for apprentice of the year, rising stars and future manufacturing leader, a new category will be introduced this year recognising the commitment of employers to training and development.
“Last year was the first time for the team at the apprenticeship fair and it was fantastic. The interaction with potential candidates and, in some cases their parents, as well as Leeds City College and the UTC Leeds was great. The interest shown in engineering was very encouraging and we’ve had an excellent response since with lots of CVs and letters already received.”
Iqbal Bahia / managing director, Kirkstall Precision Engineering
“The festival will give students and staff a unique opportunity to engage with Leeds manufacturers and learn more about working environments, careers and progression options. On a strategic level, the college's engagement with the festival will open dialogue about innovation and changes in vocational education and continue to build a collaborative approach to addressing regional skills shortages and the future talent pipeline.”
Gina Yates / Head of Careers, Work Experience and Progression at Leeds City College