Alex Fogal, Barclay’s business development director Yorkshire, said:
“Barclays is extremely proud to continue our sponsorship of Bradford Manufacturing Week into its second year. After working so closely with the organisers and other sponsors in 2018, we are more convinced than ever of the need to help prove the value of a career in manufacturing to the next generation of school leavers.
Our research last year proved that there is still a long way to go in changing the attitudes of the young, but Bradford Manufacturing Week is a fantastic example of industry, education and others coming together to address this challenge head on. At Barclays we have a longstanding commitment to the sector, having set up our manufacturing specialist team over 10 years ago. We are committed to supporting the creation of a strong talent pipeline of young people moving into the labour market who can achieve their aspirations, supporting organisations throughout the UK. By doing this we will help to address the significant societal issue of the skills gap and youth employment challenge, create a better future for young people, supporting our economy and society.
As part of Bradford Manufacturing Week, we also provide our Barclays LifeSkills employability programme to young people across the district. The programme inspires millions of young people across the UK and equips them with the key skills needed to move forward into the 21st century work place. It brings together educators, businesses, young people and parents to achieve this, as increasingly young people need to leave education not only with appropriate academic results but the core, transferable skills businesses need. The programme focuses on skills such as CV writing, interview skills, problem solving, creativity, resilience, leadership, communication and adaptability. LifeSkills also provides free support to UK businesses to help improve access to work experience opportunities for young people. Already LifeSkills is raising the aspirations of young people as they feel more motivated, confident about the future and we are seeing evidence that young people are using what they have learnt to secure employment.
We are looking forward to working with the young people in the region to generate even more manufacturing opportunities, to engage, inspire and open their eyes to the realms of possibilities that they can follow for an exciting, successful career in manufacturing. Young people are the key to driving change and innovation in the sector to ensure that it remains globally competitive for our future generations.
Dan Hurst, Oliver Whitehurst, Dan Styler, Eric Brindle, Genna Morgan, myself and the whole Barclays Bradford team are looking forward to making this year’s initiative even more successful than before.”