Speaking about Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, Dave Calder, site manager of water and paper treatment chemical manufacturer, Solenis said:
“It’s vital that as an industry we embrace this fantastic initiative which has been created to help secure the future of Bradford manufacturing.
“During 2018, our teams really got involved; hosting work experience opportunities and site tours to over 230 students. By giving young people the experiences and the knowledge, it ignites their interest and enables informed decisions about pursuing a career in this sector. It also helps us to secure a talent pipeline for years to come.
“We have just finished our annual apprentice recruitment and it was pleasing to see that many applicants had come to the site previously, through our Science Lab, work experience programme and/or Bradford Manufacturing Week 2018 – this demonstrates how early engagement can attract young talent.
“If you are wondering whether to get involved or not, my advice is this: it is a brilliant opportunity to promote your site to your future employees. It’s a win/win for all concerned.”