THE first official event to kick-off preparations for Bradford Manufacturing Weeks is taking place today at Bradford College.

The event, which will run from October 7 to 18, aims to give young people work experience at the district’s numerous manufacturing firms and create more apprenticeship openings.

Today’s event begins with Bradford Chamber of Commerce president Nick Garthwaite - the brains behind Manufacturing Weeks - and gives firms information on how the project will benefit them.

The aim to create 6,000 work experience opportunities and mould students into work ready young people for the sector.

Mr Garthwaite, who is also managing director of Christeyns, said the event will reinforce to manufacturers the benefits of taking part in the initiative.

He said: “Bradford Manufacturing Weeks will only be a success if local manufacturers get involved.

“Our event at Bradford College will give details on what will be happening during and in the run up to October and the support available to ensure manufacturers can easily open their doors and showcase what they make, how they make it and why a career in this sector is rewarding and diverse.

“Our steering group includes Bradford Council, career specialists, recruiters, global trainers, legal and financial experts, local schools and Bradford Chamber who are all committed to facilitating the process of getting young people into local manufacturing businesses to see and experience the opportunities for themselves.”

Last year’s event involved 44 manufacturing firms in the district, and this year it aims to attract double the number of businesses.

It is also targeting involving three quarters of the district’s secondary schools.

Businesses already on board include Princes, Hovis and Cimlogic, and sponsors include Gordons, Naylor Wintersgill, Leeds Bradford Airport and the University of Bradford.

Mr Garthwaite added: “Our message to all Bradford district’s manufacturers is get in touch and together we’ll make this two-week initiative inspire young people for the rest of their lives.”

For more information about the project, visit or call the Bradford Chamber of Commerce on 01274 206660.