School pupils had the chance to explore the exciting world of engineering at a careers event at our Engineering Centre yesterday.
Specialist recruitment firm maze8 Solutions organised and hosted Engineering Your Future in association with Kirklees College, C&K Careers and Huddersfield Town AFC.
The event was held to mark ‘The Year of Engineering’ and aimed to promote engineering as a career path to young people, raise awareness of skills gaps and opportunities within the industry, highlight the benefits of Apprenticeships and promote women in engineering.
Pupils from local schools took part in activities, watched demonstrations by college students and had the chance to speak to a wide number of organisations including BASF, Syngenta, Reliance, IPS Pharma, Henry Boot PLC, Nestlé, Score Group, WISE, and many more.
The event was opened by maze8 Managing Director Martyn Connell, Kirklees College Principal Marie Gilluley and HTAFC Commercial Manager (Partnerships) John Williams.
Martyn Connell said: “What we’re trying to foster is the fact that engineering, especially specialist engineering, is a career and a way forward. There is a huge diversity in engineering available and in the careers it provides.
“Engineering is an incredibly exciting, positive career. It can take you anywhere in the world. This event is all about trying to ensure that we get the right group of people, both men and women, and giving young people enthusiasm for the world of engineering.”
Marie Gilluley said: “We are a large apprenticeships provider and proud to be in the top five in the country for the quality of our apprenticeships.
“We ensure that the training we provide underpins the role and the activity in the workplace. We focus on developing the individual and to help them in their future careers progressing the right way.
“There is a huge choice of routes and a range of opportunities, and we are really blessed in Kirklees in having world renowned companies of high quality, which offer many opportunities for young people.”
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said when the LEP invested £3.1m into the building of the college’s Process Manufacturing Centre, they were investing in the future of the young people as well as in the City Region.
“I am delighted that increasing numbers of students from across the district are already benefitting from apprenticeships at Kirklees College.
“It is well and truly on the map of major manufacturing firms and this event will help encourage even more young people to look at working in the LEP’s priority skills areas, including engineering, in the years to come.”
Cllr David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority member, said: “I hope this event inspires the next generation of apprentices, having showcased the vast array of opportunities available locally within the engineering industry.
“We want to see more young people, particularly female students, accessing sustainable careers in skills sectors that will help the Kirklees economy to grow in the long term.”
After the event, Honley High School tweeted: “Thanks so much! The students were absolutely buzzing when they got back to school! Lots with links for work experience now.”
And Moorend Academy tweeted: “Our Yr10 students had a great morning at Kirklees College today, increasing their knowledge of engineering and acquiring some very interesting facts along the way!”