Showcasing our hidden industries

Worker testing thickness of expoxy coating applied to casting at Saint-Gobain Pipelines-Staveley site.
Worker testing thickness of expoxy coating applied to casting at Saint-Gobain Pipelines-Staveley site.

A major event to showcase the great work being done by Erewash manufacturing and engineering firms and highlighting the jobs available in those industries will be held next month.

Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership has organised the event to bring manufacturing firms together andis urging local jobseekers to come along and find about some of the careers that local people could pursue.

The ‘Tiser has thrown its weight behind the idea and in this first of several articles leading up to the event, we chatted to Erewash Partnership chief executive Ian Viles about the importance of engineering and manufacturing to Erewash’s economy.

He said: “The manufacturing sector remains the area’s most significant wealth creator and accounts for one in five jobs – more than twice the national average.

“In the past 25 years major employers have successfully diversified into niche markets and positive change has been accelerated by the decline in dependence on a few big employers.

“The tradition of self-reliance and skilled people leaving older industries has provided the conditions for small business creation resulting in the formation of many smaller firms producing high value goods – such as aerospace.

“They are also important in providing employment and preserving skills for the future. As businesses have to plan ahead we are keen to see people with the relevant experience and youngsters interested in careers in manufacturing and engineering attend this prestigious event.”

The event, to be held on Wednesday July 25, at Lakeside Hall, Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College, is part of the Partnership’s wider Manufacturing & Engineering Erewash initiative.

Organisers are hoping to encourage the further involvement of local manufacturing businesses in schools to help promote manufacturing and engineering as worthwhile careers.

But as well as educating young people, the initiative aims to encourage local firms to trade with each other for their common good, share best practice and push the virtues of Erewash as a prime location for manufacturing.

More than 15 companies have already signed up to exhibit at the event. The first part is for Erewash Partnership members, exhibitors and VIPs only.

The event will then be open to other businesses and local jobseekers and young people as well as their parents and teachers who are looking at careers opportunities within manufacuting and engineering.

Any firm wishing to exhibit should call 0115 944 3944 or visit www.erewash-partnership.com