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Month-long manufacturing and engineering drive

Posted on June 2nd, 2017

Engineering and manufacturing businesses across North East Derbyshire are being urged to get behind this year’s Made in Chesterfield Festival.

Destination Chesterfield, the town's placemaking organisation, is calling on companies operating in the manufacturing and engineering sector to welcome young people from the area’s schools into their premises throughout November.

Made in Chesterfield is now in its fourth year, and each consecutive year it engages with more young people and teachers, showing them the modern face of industry and the many careers and job roles on offer within the sector locally. In previous years, companies have offered site tours, delivered school talks, practical work experiences and held design competitions during month-long event.

According to reports, Britain needs to produce 69,000 more engineers than it has now to meet the demand in the industry. With skill shortages and Brexit looming, it is more important than ever for companies operating within the manufacturing and engineering sector to engage with the next generation of workers.

Ivan Fomin, Managing Director of MSE Hiller and the lead for the town’s Engineering and Manufacturing sector on the Destination Chesterfield Board said: “The support of engineering and manufacturing businesses across the town is essential to the success of Made in Chesterfield. While the sector is currently thriving, with £1bn of developments taking place in the Borough over the next ten years, it is more important than ever that we have the home grown talent to meet the growing demands of the sector.

“We want to tackle the skills shortage that many employers in the sector are reporting by showing showing young people the great careers they could be aiming towards. The only way we can do this, is if companies come forward and get involved with Made in Chesterfield.”

An information session for businesses that want to get involved with Made in Chesterfield 2017 is being held on Tuesday 20 June at 5pm at East Midlands Chamber, Commerce House, Millennium Way, Chesterfield.

Companies unable to attend but which want to be involved in Made in Chesterfield should contact Dominic Stevens on 01246 207 207 or email dmseescetril.ouo.tvn@hsefedc.k.

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