This festival, centred on October 2019, is offering a series of events opening the factory doors of manufacturers to schools and of manufacturers taking part in school careers events

The festival aims to raise awareness of the wide range of manufacturing companies in Leeds and help manufacturers attract the next generation of young people into industry.

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Leeds Manufacturing Festival

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“I am excited to be a part of this festival which will allow us to show the young people of Leeds just how good it is to have a career in factories & companies like ours."

Ben Wilson / Managing Director MPM Ltd

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Careers in Manufacturing

Manufacturing in Leeds is incredibly diverse and offers opportunities at all levels, from the shop floor through to skilled technical, professional and managerial levels.

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This festival will enable schools and other groups interested in manufacturing to see for themselves what it is like day to day working in the sector and find out more about the exciting career opportunities that exist in manufacturing in Leeds.

Supported by

  • MPM Bradford
  • Agfa Graphics
  • Sound Leisure
  • Brandon Medical
  • Chippendale Projects
  • Daletech
  • Saftronics
  • Drillco
  • Greyhound
  • Lambert
  • Medasil
  • Siemens
  • Taylor Made
  • Unilever
  • Leeds City Council
  • Northern Flags
  • Leeds Welding Company
  • Concept Group
  • Ecco Safety Group
  • Excel Water
  • Sigmat
  • Sovereign Air Movement
  • York Handmade
  • Leeds Bradford Airport
  • Watershed Packaging
  • Perry Uniform
  • Canvasman
  • OPM Group
  • Schunk Group
  • Craftsman Tools
  • ActionPlas
  • Weidmann
  • Leeds Galvanising
  • Stephenson Group
  • Treka
  • Pland Stainless
  • AptarGroup
  • LBBC Technologies
  • B. Braun

What will happen during the festival?

There are many ways to get involved as a manufacturer, including:

  • Going into a school and talking about your business and the sector
  • Opening your factory to host a factory tour(s) from a school
  • Opening your factory to your employees’ families
  • Opening your factory to your neighbours and local communities

What does it cost to take part?

  • All supporting materials and advice are free thanks to our sponsors
  • You only donate time and resource to plan and facilitate factory visits or visits to schools
  • After the event(s) we will ask you to provide us with details about the number of young people engaged with and the number of adults outside of manufacturing with which you have engaged
  • Hopefully it will cost you your anonymity – young people will know you exist!

Other benefits

  • Young people will know your business and opportunities that exist within it and be more inclined to work for you
  • Raising the profile of our sector amongst young people and those who influence their career choices
  • The creation of a more modern and up to date image of the manufacturing sector
  • Your business profile in the city will be raised