“We were so impressed by the students we met during Bradford Manufacturing Week, that we offered two apprenticeships as a result.” Mark Viner, Managing Director at Guyson International Limited
Mark describes Bradford Manufacturing Week 2018 as a great success, with the long-term benefits evident throughout his business.
Last year, Bradford Manufacturing Week saw over 3000 manufacturing experiences offered to school pupils ages 16 and over, with this year’s target already double the previous. As part of 2018’s initiative Skipton-based Guyson International, a global leader in surface finishing equipment and known for its design and manufacture of blast finishing, spray wash and ultrasonic cleaning equipment, hosted students from South Craven School, Keighley College and Skipton Girls High.
Maggie Burton, Flexible Learning and Careers Coordinator for South Craven School said: “Bradford Manufacturing Week has broadened the horizons of so many individuals, especially those whose future career choices were unclear. It is important to highlight the expansive range of opportunities within this growing sector; as a school we hope to utilise this incredible opportunity again in 2019 and inspire even more pupils to consider and pursue a career in manufacturing.”
Students from South Craven School particularly benefited from their ‘Guyson experience’. Mark and the senior leadership team attended the school and spoke to 300 students about Guyson and the world of engineering and manufacturing. The company also took part in career events and conducted mock interviews at the school.
After visiting, a selection of students were invited for an additional interview for the role of technical apprentice at Guyson. Mark added: “We were so impressed by the students from South Craven School that we have now offered two apprenticeships to work in our production and engineering department. The maturity displayed was incredible and they have a real motivation to learn.”
Kyle Elliot, aged 18, will be starting his position as apprentice mechanical design engineer with the company in September. Of his experience so far, he said: “During Bradford Manufacturing Week 2018, the Guyson team really helped to cement my desire of becoming an engineer. During a visit my school, Guyson demonstrated the expertise of the company and what they expect from their workforce. I think other companies should follow Guyson's lead and become more involved in schools and colleges to help support aspiring engineers on their chosen career path.
“I can’t wait to start work at Guyson, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to the world of engineering, and of course welcoming the next cohort of students as part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2019.”
Guyson International is one of 59 manufacturers now signed up to take part in Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2019. Of being involved, Mark said: “This year we are offering even more opportunities for young people by facilitating experiences during the fortnight-long initiative. Of course, our new apprentice will be involved with all of the school activities, as they know first-hand how important and life changing those experiences can be!”