Christeyns is the place to be for Bradford Manufacturing Week 10 Oct 2018


Lauren Bean, Nick Garthwaite and Jordan Smith christeyns cole and wilson

Bradford-based chemicals manufacturer Christeyns is doing everything possible to make Bradford Manufacturing Week a success for local young people.

Christeyns will be giving students from the Bradford area the chance to experience what it’s like to work in the manufacturing industry during the inaugural Bradford Manufacturing Week that takes place this week from 8-12 October.

Bradford Manufacturing Week is a unique four-day event to showcase how the district’s manufacturing might and inspire, encourage and educate young people in the opportunities of a fulfilling and rewarding manufacturing career.

Christeyns managing director Nick Garthwaite comments: “We jumped at the chance to get involved with Bradford Manufacturing Week.  Bradford has a thriving manufacturing sector that offers a wealth of exciting and fulfilling career paths.  Sadly, the sector doesn’t always get the publicity that other industries attract, and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what Bradford manufacturers have to offer.”

For the 30 lucky 14-17 year old students who will be working at Christeyns an exciting programme of work is in store for them.  They will experience many aspects of the Christeyns business ranging from product development to marketing and from quality control to production planning.

“There are so many functions in our business,” added Garthwaite.  “The students will get the chance to experience what it’s like working in many of them as they research, develop and produce a product for us.  We hope that by getting their hands dirty they will experience a taste for the diversity of job roles that exist within the manufacturing sector.  In the future some of them may even choose to take up a place in our apprenticeship programme.”

As well as work experience days, Christeyns are also providing a series of factory tours during the week for schools and students wanting to just take a look around a manufacturing environment and explore what goes on behind the factory gates.

Across the region the event will involve over 2,000 students, 40 manufacturing businesses and provide thousands of work experience activities for the area’s manufacturing industry workforce of the future.

“We are positive that the students will really enjoy their time with us,” concluded Garthwaite. “Our programme will take them a step closer to being ‘work ready’ when the time comes to leave education and enter the world of work.  We hope that everyone’s efforts during Manufacturing Week will bring more young people in to the sector.


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