A skill for self-taught origami and a natural interest in science and mechanics was the start of Suraj Mistry’s passion for production which led to his mechanical engineering apprenticeship at the age of 17.
Suraj joined specialist aerospace manufacturer Produmax as an apprentice in 2019 after researching apprenticeships and exploring the Bradford Manufacturing Weeks website. With core responsibilities of component quality control and machine set up and operation Suraj has just completed his level 3 NVQ at Keighley College, starting his HNC next year.
After just one year of college training and on-the-job work experience, Suraj unexpectedly had to adapt his skills to meet changing global priorities as Produmax joined the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, producing medical ventilators for the UK to support hospitals in covid recovery, an experience he says was “fast paced and relied on teamwork”.
Suraj added: “I am ambitious and want to further develop my skills into electrical and mechanical issue diagnosis while training new apprentices. I strongly recommend an apprenticeship as a career path. In my experience, many schools don’t feature apprenticeships as alternative to A levels so Bradford Manufacturing Weeks is a really important way to get the message out there.”
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