Bolsover School NLT Apprentices

NLT is supporting Chesterfield’s annual Made in Chesterfield festival – a month-long programme of events focused on getting young people interested in a career in engineering and manufacturing.

Taking place throughout November, the popular festival which is organised by Destination Chesterfield brings together businesses, primary and secondary schools and training providers to experience a range of industry-related activities in a bid to spark the interest of youngsters.

Returning for the fourth year running, as part of this year’s programme of events NLT is once again running special taster sessions for schools on 3 and 10 November at its Chesterfield site.

Forty students will have the opportunity to watch the sparks fly and try their hand at welding and fabrication, as well as getting their hands on workshop equipment to get creative and take home their very own engineered product. They’ll also learn more about modern-day engineering techniques and what a career in the sector involves, the diversity of roles and the potential to progress.

Last year, eight Year 11 students from The Bolsover School visited NLT as part of Made in Chesterfield. Student Jordan Hope (15) commented: “I wanted to see what engineering was like to help me with my career choices. I want a practical job not a desk job. If you’re not sure what you want to do then doing days like this are a really good way to see what other jobs there are out there.”

For student Brandon Graham (15) it was a chance for him to make sure that his chosen career was the right one. He said: “I want to be a brick layer when I leave school, but I thought it would be good to look at other possibilities to make sure that’s what I definitely want to do. I really enjoyed the day, especially using the welding simulator.”

Made in Chesterfield is an opportunity for schools and businesses to prepare the future workforce for the growth of North Derbyshire’s economy, which is currently being driven by HS2 and a number of key developments including Chesterfield Waterside and Peak Resort.

HS2 is forecast to create up to 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships during the construction phase and over 3,000 permanent jobs will be created by the operation and maintenance of the HS2 railway and its rolling stock. In addition, the major contracts to build and develop HS2 will result in tens of thousands of opportunities for businesses across the supply chain, 60% of which are expected to be awarded to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.

Sarah Temperton, Chief Executive of NLT Training Services, explained: “As a Chesterfield Champion and a leading provider of engineering training within North Derbyshire, NLT is delighted to be involved with Made in Chesterfield.

“Engineering and manufacturing play a huge role in Chesterfield’s business community. It’s important that young people are attracted to the sector in order to avoid potential skill shortages and enable companies to respond to opportunities that will arise from both HS2 and the large scale commercial and residential developments currently underway.”

Learn more about what the students got up to at NLT during Made in Chesterfield 2017 here.

If you would like to give your students the chance to experience a day in the life of an engineer book at hands-on visit to NLT Training Services in Chesterfield now.