Events

Engineering employers' breakfast: making apprenticeships and industry placements work for your business
15 May 2024

Engineering employers' breakfast: making apprenticeships and industry placements work for your business

Wednesday 15 May, 8.30am - 10.30am
Join us for breakfast at this Engineering Employers networking event and find out more about how your business can work with Leeds City College and the School of Engineering.

Hear about the range of support available to help develop your talent pipeline and workforce skills for the engineering sector . Find out about our role in apprentice training and recruitment, about the role employers in providing industry placements for our T Level Engineering students. You will also have the opportunity to meet college staff who teach in the School of Engineering and how you can help shape the curriculum to meet your business needs.

Members of Leeds City Council's Employment & Skills team will also be present and will outline the support they can offer to employers to help recruit young people to their apprenticeship training programme.


Company School of Engineering School / Location The Boardroom, Leeds City College Printworks Campus Attendees Manufacturing and engineering employers, apprenticeship training providers REGISTER TO ATTEND
Engineering change: women in manufacturing
02 May 2024

Engineering change: women in manufacturing

9am - 12.30pm, Thursday 2 May
Although women represent almost half of the labour force in the UK, they account for just 26% of all workers in the manufacturing sector. Surveys show that a non-inclusive culture to be the primary barrier to women's participation in the sector. This is followed by barriers in promotion and leadership, a lack of awareness and visibility of job opportunities, a lack of skills and training support and work-life balance.

This networking and fact-finding session for students at Crawshaw Academy, delivered by Ahead Partnership on behalf of Leeds Manufacturing Festival, is an opportunity to see beyond the stereotypes and begin breaking down barriers.

From recently qualified apprentices, to highly skilled and experienced technicians and professionals, managing directors and company owners, students will learn that if you can see it, you too can be it. Over 160 students from across all year groups will have the chance to meet, talk to and find out more about the careers of women working in manufacturing and engineering roles at all levels and at all stages of their careers.


Company Leeds Manufacturing Festival School / Location Crawshaw Academy, Robin Lane, Pudsey LS28 9HU Attendees Students from years 8, 9 and 10 Crawshaw Academy
Launch of Excellent Engineering Employers directory and careers resource
18 April 2024

Launch of Excellent Engineering Employers directory and careers resource

8.30am - 10.30am, Thursday 18 April
Next Gen Makers launches its new online careers resource, showcasing the very best employers in West Yorkshire for engineering apprenticeships. For employers, it's a perfect opportunity to showcase the benefits and opportunities working for your company can offer young people. For school careers leaders and advisers, the directory will offer an invaluable resource, allowing you to signpost students to the very best employers in the region and understand more about what it's like to work in modern manufacturing and engineering.


Company Next Gen Makers School / Location UTC Leeds, Sayner Rd, Leeds LS10 1LA Attendees Manufacturing employers, school careers leaders and advisers REGISTER TO ATTEND
Let's talk manufacturing: live careers panel
20 March 2024

Let's talk manufacturing: live careers panel

8.50am to 10.50am, Wednesday 20 March
Find out about the opportunities careers in manufacturing offer for young people and hear first-hand what it's like to work for a modern manufacturing company.

Ever wondered what the average day looks like for an apprentice working in the manufacturing sector? What the interview process looks like? Or what’s involved in a manufacturing apprenticeship?

Apprentices, employers and sponsor representatives will answer these and many other questions posed by secondary school students at this live careers panel, to be hosted by Abbey Grange CofE Academy and organised by Ahead Partnership on behalf of Leeds Manufacturing Festival.


Company Leeds Manufacturing Festival School / Location Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, West Park, Leeds Attendees Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, Ahead Partnership Abbey Grange
Manufacturing careers showcase
07 March 2024

Manufacturing careers showcase

11am - 4.30pm, Thursday 7 March
Careers fair for manufacturing employers to showcase their companies, meet students from the engineering faculty at Leeds City College, UTC Leeds and the Ruth Gorse Academy.

Taking place during National Careers Week, it's a perfect opportunity to highlight the wide range of roles and career opportunities available in manufacturing to the next generation.

The event includes break-out sessions on CVs, interview preparation and work readiness and concludes with careers panels for students and teaching staff.

If you're an employer and would like to take part, please contact: Faron.Convey@aheadpartnership.org.uk


Company Leeds Manufacturing Festival School / Location Leeds City College, Printworks Campus Attendees Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, Leeds City College, Ahead Partnership TAKE PART
2024 LMF Launch Event
22 February 2024

2024 LMF Launch Event

8.30am arrival for 9am start and 10.30am close
Thursday 22 February
Join us at at Leeds City College for the official launch event for the 2024 Leeds Manufacturing Festival to learn how manufacturing employers, training providers, key decision-makers and stakeholders are addressing the challenges of recruitment, skills and workforce development. Find out about best practice in training and recruitment

Keynote speakers include Steve Burnell, managing director of Boeing Defence UK, and Fiona McGarry, business engagement lead based at Make UK's national apprenticeship training centre in Aston, who will be joined by Ben Wilson, chair of Leeds Manufacturing Alliance.

Mark Casci, head of policy at West & North Yorkshire Chamber of commerce will also compere an industry panel with representatives from Leeds City College, E3 Recruitment and Next Gen Makers. Cameron Pinder from Kirkstall Precision Engineering and Tyra Jones from Sulzer will also share their experience and why they chose careers in manufacturing.


Company Leeds Manufacturing Alliance School / Location Oracle lecture theatre, Leeds City College Printworks campus Attendees Manufacturers, training and skills providers, students and apprentices Register to Attend
Recognising and championing the best employers for engineering apprenticeships in West Yorkshire
15 February 2024

Recognising and championing the best employers for engineering apprenticeships in West Yorkshire

12 noon - 1pm, Thursday 15 February
Next Gen Makers will be taking a significant step in promoting engagement and recruitment of young talent into West Yorkshire's manufacturing sector with the launch of new resource recognising and champion the best employers for engineering apprenticeships.

The Engineering Apprenticeships: Excellent Employers Directory, which goes live in March, will aid careers leaders and design and technology teachers in high schools and colleges across the region to signpost young people to the best employers for engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships, ensuring young people make the best choices for them.

In this webinar you can learn how your company can get involved and hear the specifics of how the new online directory will work to guide students toward suitable opportunities in engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships. The session will also focus on how engineering employers committed to future proofing skills via apprenticeships can increase the success rate of training schemes by adopting best practice and working towards accreditation through the Make UK Engineering Apprenticeships: Excellent Employer Kitemark.


Company Next Gen Makers School / Location Online webinar Attendees Manufacturing and engineering employers Register to attend
Excellent Engineering Employers: careers resource webinar
08 February 2024

Excellent Engineering Employers: careers resource webinar

3pm - 3.30pm
Next Gen Makers is launching a new online directory and careers resource in March, showcasing the best employers for engineering apprenticeships in West Yorkshire region. Ahead of the official launch, this webinar gives careers leaders and advisers working in high schools, sixth forms and colleges in the region an opportunity to find out more about this invaluable new resource.

The directory will It will provide a free-to-access guide enabling you to signpost students to the very best employers in your area for engineering apprenticeships. Highlighting best practice, it will feature companies in West Yorkshire that have achieved the Gold ‘Excellent Employer’ Kitemark, Silver ‘Aspiring For Excellence’ Kitemark, those that are currently ‘Pursuing Accreditation’ and those that are ‘Benchmarking’ their engineering apprenticeships as part of the Best Practice Programme run by Next Gen Makers and accredited by national manufacturing organisation Make UK.

Join Adam Tipper, managing director of Next Gen Makers, and Tawanda Mukombiwa from West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Schools Partnership team to find out more.


Company Next Gen Makers School / Location Online Attendees School careers leaders and advisers in West Yorkshire Register to attend
Best practice in manufacturing: company visit to AW Hainsworth
08 February 2024

Best practice in manufacturing: company visit to AW Hainsworth

8am - 10.30am
Meet the team responsible for producing ceremonial cloths used at the coronation of King Charles III and for full-dress military uniforms, as well as the green baize used on professional 'sports quality' snooker and pool tables, and flame-retardant fabrics used by the emergency services and military personnel around the world.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to take a tour of the historic mill complex which is home to one of the UK's leading textile manufacturers and oldest family-owned businesses.

The event is part of an invitation-only series of company visits hosted by Leeds manufacturers during 2024, providing manufacturing employers with the opportunity to share insights and learn from best practice within the industry.


Company AW Hainsworth School / Location Spring Valley Mills, Stanningley, Pudsey LS28 6DW Attendees Leeds Manufacturing Alliance steering group members, supporters and sponsors of Leeds Manufacturing Festival REGISTER TO ATTEND
UTC Leeds Mock Interview Day
06 February 2024

UTC Leeds Mock Interview Day

8am - 2.30pm
Breakfast and lunch provided
UTC Leeds is the city's only University Technical College, offering employer-led academic and technical learning with a focus on engineering and advanced technology. We provide a unique educational experience for students who love science, technology, engineering and maths.

Employers from across a range of STEM sectors will be interviewing and providing feedback to students throughout the morning. This is an ideal opportunity for employers to meet students at UTC Leeds from across al year groups and help them prepare for entering the world of work.


Company UTC Leeds School / Location Sayner Road, Leeds LS10 1LA Attendees Manufacturing and engineering employers, UTC Leeds students FIND OUT MORE
Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2024
05 February 2024

Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2024

2pm - 7pm
Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair (LARF 2024) is the biggest event of its kind in the North of England and takes place at the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week. It offers employers the chance to meet and talk to young people about apprenticeships and opportunities for anyone starting out on a career in manufacturing.

Leeds manufacturing employers will be represented in force at the event, exhibiting together on the Leeds Manufacturing Festival stand (D56) and will be advertising live apprenticeship vacancies on the day.


Company Leeds Manufacturing Festival School / Location First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY Attendees AW Hainsworth, Bensons Panels, E3 Recruitment, Greyhound Box, Kirkstall Precision Engineering, LBBC, Leeds Welding Company, MPM, OPM Labels & Packaging, Sound Leisure FIND OUT MORE