Event 22nd February: Leeds Manufacturing Festival launch briefing

Leeds Manufacturing Alliance logoThe Leeds Manufacturing Alliance is seeking your support for a Manufacturing Festival to be held in Leeds in October 2018. This is the first of what is intended to be an annual event to connect the young people of Leeds to the Manufacturers of Leeds. The event closely follows the format of the Manufacturing Day event held annually in the USA (http://www.mfgday.com/ )  to show the public modern manufacturing in action and inspire the next generation of skilled workers.

The primary aim of our event is to get as many manufacturers as possible to either visit a local school to speak about their company and careers in manufacturing or host a school visit at their factory to enable young people to understand what modern manufacturing actually encompasses. Although we are targeting the week of 8th – 12th October, we appreciate your busy schedules and the need to be flexible, so please do not exclude yourselves just because the dates may not fit, any event close to the week in question can come under our banner! This is an exciting opportunity for us as businesses as well as for the young people of Leeds and we would welcome as many interactions as possible to maximise this festival’s impact.

The image of manufacturing is improving nationally, but as we know historically there has been at best mixed press. As a result most people today and particularly young people still do not have an appreciation or understanding of how big, successful and important the manufacturing sector is to our city and region. In particular we have around 1,800 manufacturing companies mainly SMEs generating wealth and offering rewarding career opportunities for around 26,000 people in the city of Leeds. It is precisely these organisations including national and multi-nationals that we would like to attract to reflect the diverse range of businesses in operation. Regardless of size, recruitment and getting the right employee-employer fit remains challenging for us all, this is our chance to help enhance the image of the sector and promote compelling career paths for the future.

As such, we would be thrilled if you would join and support our Festival. All we require from you is your commitment to engage with a local school and to use the Leeds Manufacturing Festival brand when you do so.

We invite you to join us for a launch briefing at Agfa Graphics Ltd from 08.00 – 10.00 on 22nd February

To kick off this event and to help us achieve our goal, we will be holding a Festival launch briefing to expand upon what we are planning, the support to you that will be offered and answer any questions you may have.