Bradford Manufacturing Week 2018: Update for Schools
02 August, 2018
Aspire-igen group is pleased to be supporting Bradford Manufacturing Week, organised by West & North Yorkshire Chamber and backed by the newly-formed Bradford Economic Partnership. Taking place from 8th-12th October 2018, the programme is designed to create more inspired, informed and 'work ready' applicants into the sector. Read more about the week here.
Key information relating to schools
Employers have been fantastic and more manufacturers are still getting involved. Bradford Chamber is hard at work liaising with them and adding to the list of work experiences, work place visits and school talks. In addition, Barclays Life Skills will be offering work related learning and life skills workshops and Bradford University are planning to offer interactive sessions in their manufacturing and technology departments.
We want to maximise all of the opportunities that students are going to be able to get involved with during Bradford Manufacturing Week. We also want to ensure that schools have the time they need to plan their in-school/college and out-of-school/college activities. With this in mind schools will receive the list of opportunities on Tuesday 31st August.
- Will experiences and activities be limited?
Yes spaces will be limited but we will work with schools to make sure everyone can get involved.
It’s great that so far, over 60% of the schools and colleges in Bradford are planning to take part in BMW18. This means that over 1000 students from the Bradford District will link with a Bradford Manufacturer.
To make sure everyone can get involved we will be issuing a quick questionnaire along with the list of employer experiences, to find out the top 3 activities that you are interested in. We will then contact schools to connect them to BMW18 employers and activities.
- Will employers be health & safety checked?
Yes. Aspire-igen and Bradford Council’s Xperience team are visiting employers over the summer to complete full health and safety checks. These will be collated through the Xperience database following the usual process for work experience placements. If a school selects a Workplace Visit we will provide them with a standard health and safety check. It is up to the school to liaise with the employer if they have students with a particular need.
- How will students get to their work experience or work place visits?
This will be up to each school/college, however we are talking to firstbus who are considering the possibility of discounted travel and support with planning bus routes to their employer.
- Meeting the employers
Schools will have the opportunity to meet the employers prior to Bradford Manufacturing Week at the BMW18 Get to Know You Event. This event is designed to bring employers and schools together so they can find out more about the employers their students are visiting and ask any questions about what will be happening during the week.
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- Additional resources
On the 3rd July we held a CPD event for schools and colleges about Bradford Manufacturing Week. At the event schools and colleges asked if we could produce a letter that could be sent to parents to explain more about BMW18. We have done this (please click here to download the letter).
We have produced a video that can be used as part of an assembly or in year groups to launch BMW18. The video is 20 minutes long and talks about the manufacturing sector, the different types of jobs available and career pathways in to the sector. You can show the full video or dip in and out of different sections.
If your school has not signed up yet, don't miss out! Register here.
If you have any queries in relation to Bradford Manufacturing Week 2018, please contact Joanne Hainsworth on 0330 111 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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