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Schools programme announced for 2017 Made in Chesterfield

Annual engineering and manufacturing festival aims to educate young people about Chesterfield’s future and past

For the fourth year running, Made in Chesterfield – will be returning this November, bringing hundreds of youngsters from schools throughout North Derbyshire the opportunity to experience, first-hand, 176 years of manufacturing and engineering history.

Around 20 businesses, training providers and visitor attractions within the sector have come together to offer a packed programme of events to nearly 350 year 6 to 13 school children.

Young people with an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths are invited to visit some of the town’s leading organisations within the engineering and manufacturing sector and learn more about the available careers.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Education Business Partnership, the month-long festival in November is designed to show young people and their teachers the modern face of manufacturing and engineering and the many careers and job roles on offer within the sector locally.

Sponsored by University of Derby and MSE Hiller, more manufacturing and engineering businesses, training providers and visitor attractions are involved in this year’s Made in Chesterfield than ever before. Modern-day gift maker Urban Flamingo, Paul Mossman Pottery, Brampton Brewery, Penny Hydraulics, Techman Engineering and MSE Hiller are just a handful of businesses that will providing tours, talks and competitions during Made in Chesterfield.

As well as trying their hand at production, youngsters from primary and secondary schools will be taking part in competitions, talks, tours and hands-on workshops during Made in Chesterfield, allowing them to experience for themselves what the face of modern engineering looks like and the many varied job roles now available in the sector.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager commented: “More businesses than ever are involved in Made in Chesterfield this year. It is through their involvement that we are able to show young people the changing face of manufacturing and engineering and the career opportunities that exist with the sector.

“It is essential that businesses in the area are able to respond to the opportunities that developments like Waterside, Peak Resort and HS2 will present to them over the next 10 years and they can only do this if they have the workforce with the right skills. Made in Chesterfield is playing a key role in sparking young people’s interest with the sector and ultimately helping local business secure contracts in the future.”

The manufacturing and engineering sector is now more diverse than ever, offering roles in everything from electrical and mechanical engineering to art, design and digital. 186,000 engineers are needed each year nationally to meet the demands of infrastructure projects alone.

Secondary schools in the area who would like to know more about careers within the town’s engineering and manufacturing sector, are invited to attend the free events:

  • MSE Hiller tour – 31 October and 3 November
  • United Cast Bar tour – 1, 2, 6, and 9 November
  • White Rose Armoury tour – 3 November
  • NLT Training Services workshop visit – 3 and 10 November
  • Trans-Tronic tour – 3 and 10 November
  • IKO tour – 7 November
  • Precision Products UK talk and tour – 7, 8 and 9 November
  • Brampton Brewery – Science of Brewing – 8 November
  • Barrow Hill Roundhouse tour – 8 November
  • Techman Engineering tour – 8 November
  • Hardcase International Ltd tour – 10 November
  • Cathelco tour – 10 November
  • 6th Form Manufacturing and Business Seminar – 10 November

To find out more about Made in Chesterfield 2017’s school events, tours and workshops, please visit

As well as school visits and events, there is also a packed programme of free business events taking place during November for Made in Chesterfield. For details of the events visit:

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