Our Industry guides give you the lowdown on what the Bradford District has to offer. They're here to help you figure out what qualifications and training opportunities are available nearby and to give you the scoop on career options in specific industries.

If you're not sure about what careers are out there, these guides are perfect for exploring and getting to know each sector better. They're your go-to for understanding the different paths you can take into a career, whether it's through Apprenticeships, Traineeships, starting out early in your career, going to college or university, or learning on the job.

In Bradford District, there are 15 industry sectors to explore - you can find them all on the Career Options page. Each guide will tell you specific ways to plan for an occupation, as well as suggesting educational and vocational opportunities.

Build a Career in the Manufacturing & Engineering Industry

When it comes to a Career in Manufacturing and Engineering, you should have a keen interest in any of the following:

- Solving practical problems
- Analysing information
- Mathematics
- Technology

You may be familiar with the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), or indeed studying subjects that are closely related to these areas.

There is a common, outdated misconception that manufacturing and engineering roles involve getting dirty and that most businesses are male-oriented. While this may still be the case in a handful of instances across Bradford and District, the truth is that many manufacturing and engineering companies are housed within state-of-the-art facilities, centered at the cutting-edge of technology and employee diversity. There is an enviable talent pool of people with transferrable skills within this industry. If you feel you have the skills to prosper within this sector, fantastic, keep reading!

The manufacturing and engineering sector produces goods that make improvements to our lives. Engineering roles generally tend to fall into four major categories: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. However, it is believed that over 60,000 jobs will be created in the UK between now and 2025 in the field of additive engineering and manufacturing, as 3D printing skills will be seen as vital within the Manufacturing and Engineering industry.

A wide range of opportunities in the Manufacturing and Engineering industry are available:
• Engineers
• Material Scientists
• Robotic Engineers
• Civil Engineers
• Research & Development

There are many great companies across Bradford and District that have made a difference to the world of Manufacturing and Engineering, paving the way within industries such as Passenger Transportation, Marine, Aerospace, Defence, Rail, Oil and Gas.

Qualification Information

Find information about core subjects and specific relevant sections of the curriculum here

Courses in Manufacturing & Engineering

15 Career Choices in Manufacturing & Engineering

The below jobs are an example of what work can be found in this sector in the Bradford District and beyond.  Click on the job title for more information:

Skills Statements

Our skills statements are like golden nuggets crafted by industry pros. They pinpoint the essential skills required in specific sectors or careers. These statements are your secret weapon to understanding what employers really want and figuring out how to shine brighter than the rest. They'll give you the inside scoop on the skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Follow this link to find the Skills Statements for:

Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance

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Digital Badges

Digital badges are a great way to gain recognition for skills and learning which doesn't have a qualification attached to it.  If you are a learner aged 13+ please sign up to our Navigatr platform to access the digital badges we offer.

This is quick, easy and free to do. Follow the link below to create your own Navigator account and earn your first digital badge by reading the information and completing quiz at the bottom of the page:

To see some of the badges available for Bradford District click on the link below for more information:

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Engineering helps to produce things that improve our lives, and falls into the following categories: • chemical (from textiles to DNA) • civil (from railways to ecosystems) • electrical (from digital to power) • mechanical (from spacecraft to solar panels) Manufacturing is all about making things. Smartphones and electric vehicles have to be manufactured, along with all their smaller components. In fact, anything that needs to be produced in large quantities is part of manufacturing and engineering production. Medicines, new materials, food products, make-up and clothes have to be manufactured too - basically every man-made object!

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Developing new or existing products can make a massive improvement to our world. For example, planning to use smarter, recycled materials can lower a business’ carbon footprint and create a much more environmentally-friendly product.

People in this pathway ensure equipment in the workplace is safely used in line with environmental and health and safety regulations. This benefits the wider community when emphasis is placed on controlling air and noise pollution.

In a similar vein to pathways within the transport, distribution and logistics sector, process control plans out the effective flow of goods from manufacturing facilities to customer usage.

Once a product is installed, people with careers in this pathway must also ensure it is maintained on a regular basis and falls in line with specific regulations that have been set out in legislation.

Before a product leaves a workplace, they must be quality assured, ensuring that company and national standards are met before they are distributed effectively and sold to the public.

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