“Before I joined Christeyns, I saw manufacturing as being only about men working with machines. I never thought there was a business admin side to it which is where I have spent two years of my apprenticeship and really enjoyed it.”
Hena Arif (18) started her apprenticeship at Bradford-based international chemicals and detergents manufacturer Christeyns, immediately following her GCSEs in 2018.
“I started on a two-year business administration apprentice scheme which meant I would be spending time in all the office departments from finance and purchasing to quality assurance,” she explains.
“I was recently offered a role as a QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental) technician. My plan is to do another apprenticeship in this role and following that would be a National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) degree. My aim through my apprenticeships is to fully qualify in the health & safety sector and become a manager.”
Hena added: “I definitely would recommend apprenticeships to young students as it’s a good way to start working life. What more could you ask for when you’re getting trained on a job while studying and even getting paid at the same time. It’s perfect!”
Bradford Manufacturing Weeks begins on Monday 4th October and runs until Friday 15th October. Led by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce with primary sponsorship from Barclays and additional sponsorship from Naylor Wintersgill, E3 Recruitment, LCF Law and Bradford Council, Bradford Manufacturing Weeks has created more than 12,000 manufacturing experiences for the district’s 14-18 year-old students since its launch in 2018.
For more details of how your school or your manufacturing business can get involved, please contact Laura Dooher at the Opportunity Centre on Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org