LOCAL hygiene chemicals manufacturer Christeyns UK has been giving advice and support to local students working on their City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma.

Commercial director Justin Kerslake, Stacey King, Zach Adams and Lucy Duckworth have been helping a group of Aspire-igen students with a project that goes towards their business qualifications.

The brief was to create a new fabric conditioner for the spa market and students were given the technical, marketing and forecasting aspects they needed to consider and include via online video conferencing.

The students then presented their new product ideas back to the team two weeks later, with managing director Nick Garthwaite also on hand to see the results.

Business tutor Fozia Ahmed explains: “At Aspire-igen we are all about real life experiences, and welcome employer interactions.

"Christeyns has been a long-standing supporter of our learners and we also work closely with the firm during Bradford Manufacturing Weeks.

“Intervention from actual companies is crucial in helping young people meet the skills needed for employment in local industries.”

Christeyns staff members and apprentices are involved in many school career events and learning projects across the district, highlighting the important role of the manufacturing industry and its future employment opportunities.

“Businesses like ours need to provide knowledge and support to the young people in our communities, inspiring future career paths and upcoming talent,” concludes Justin.