FUTURE talent will be on the agenda later this year as Skills Month comes to the district in October.

It will focus on supporting, nurturing and inspiring future talent, and will see the coming together of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks and Tech Week.

In addition, organisations from the health and social care, and culture sectors will also be involved.

A number of partners are behind the month-long series of events, including Bradford Council, SkillsHouse, Bradford Chamber of Commerce, LOCALiQ and Future Transformation.

Across the month, businesses from all over the district will open their doors for young people to learn about new career options and the skills needed.

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks brings manufacturers, schools and young people together through tours, work experience, seminars, exhibitions and events held at manufacturer premises and key locations across the district.

It will take place between October 3 and 14 with the aim of introducing the district’s manufacturers to young people and boost apprenticeship numbers.

Those looking to get involved in Bradford Manufacturing Weeks can register their interest here for schools and here for businesses.

Tech Week was launched in 2020 to help young people into careers in digital industries.

Tim Rogers, of Future Transformation, said: “Bradford Tech Week evolves into its third year with events happening across the district and covering gaming, coding, AI, space, satellites, tech for good, careers and challenges with a range of activities, programmes and workshops for people to learn more and discover the incredible opportunities that exist in the district.”

Skills Month will also include events highlighting careers in the creative industries, including Fright Week from October 22 to 31, presented by Artworks.

Alongside a programme of scary films children and grown-ups will also be able to experience a week of workshops including scary make up and sound effects.

Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum is offering a half-term programme of activities and events for families exploring its world-class BBC collections and stories in a brand-new interactive gallery, Switched On.

Vicky Clifton, head of learning, National Science and Media Museum and chair of the Careers and Technical Education Creative Industries Board, said: “With Bradford receiving the designation to be the City of Culture 2025, it is more important than ever for young people and their families to be able to explore the vast array of careers in the creative industries.

"Developing individual creativity, skills and talents can lead to careers in film, music, the arts, fashion, gaming, TV and radio to name just a few and creativity is valued across so many other career sector too. 

"The Creative Industries are exciting and inspiring and there will be so many opportunities opening up in our region, that now really is the time to find out more during Bradford Skills Month."

In addition Northern Fortress Films is offering a skills in film taster workshop with founder Louisa Rose Mackleston.

The health and social care industry will also be showcased during Skills Month.

Amanda Standford, of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is a vast industry with many roles and positions within the public and private care settings, where young people can start at entry level and via study paths into professional roles, have a quality career and make a difference in people’s lives.”

There will be a free series of events for those interested in knowing more about the industry.

For more information on the programme email BradfordCTE@bradford.gov.uk.

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