Graham Engineering Job Vacancies

Graham Engineering based in Nelson are growing rapidly and  are looking to recruit at least 10 welders / fabricators,  2 CNC machinists, 4 engineering / welding inspectors, & 1 HSE co-ordinator. These numbers are an underestimate, but they are what they require urgently with more to follow. To find out more, please visit the link below:




Angus Fire Invests In Future Talent

Angus Fire logo

Angus Fire at High Bentham is offering fantastic opportunities for anyone looking for a career in engineering. The company has two vacancies for apprentices (an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering – Textile and Weaving and an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering) who will be fully trained in a range of engineering skills and gain nationally recognised qualification. Once they have completed their course they will also have the chance to obtain Engineering Technician Status with the World-renowned Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Angus Fire is a global leader in firefighting technology with a remarkable history in manufacturing fire protection products that can be traced back over 220 years.  Angus Fire has continued to innovate using the latest technology to develop high quality, high performance products.

Angus Fire manufactures a range of covered fire hoses and layflat hoses and offers a wide range of foam concentrates and foam Equipment: From portable to mobile and to fixed applications. They deliver improved firefighting performance, meet a wide range of approvals and reduce environmental impact.

Yolandie Moore Global HR Manager said ‘We are delighted to be offering high quality apprenticeships in skilled areas of our business. The wide range of processes and equipment at Angus will ensure that the apprentices will enjoy a varied and interesting apprenticeship with support from our highly experienced engineering team’.

The apprentices will attend a day release course at Keighley College who operate a Centre of Excellence for Engineering and Advanced manufacturing. Chris Stott, Head of Business Engagement at Keighley College said, ‘manufacturing is a fast moving and dynamic area to be working in. An apprenticeship with Angus is a chance to join a first class company with a great tradition and who are also constantly innovating.’

Angus Fire maintains its position at the forefront of fire protection technology through continuous investment in research and development. Its unique combination of technical expertise in rubber and textile technology (fire hose), speciality chemicals (foam concentrates) and engineering design (firefighting equipment) has enabled it to achieve numerous technological ‘firsts’.

Applications for these apprenticeships are available at:


or call; 01535 685 035




Keighley College works with Local Employer for Women in Engineering Day

Gesipa Women in Engineering

A group of 18 girls aged 14-18 took part in an engineering information day at Gesipa Blind Riveting systems in Keighley as part of National Women in Engineering Day (23rd June). The event was organised through The Industrial Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (ICE) based within Keighley College and was hosted by ICE Board Member and Gesipa Managing Director Diana Scholefield who as a highly qualified engineer herself is passionate about getting more girls into engineering.

Engineering is a growing sector in terms of employment and requires some 1.82 million new engineers by 2022. It also offers great opportunities for career progression and a diverse range of job roles, from technical sales, to research and design and manufacturing and there is often support from the employer for staff to progress academically. Jobs tend to be well paid typically ranging from £22,000 – £50,000 per annum and above. Despite this, only 10% of engineering employees are female, meaning that the sector is missing out on a huge amount of talent.

The day involved talks on the engineering industry and the careers available, a presentation on Gesipa and talks with some off the female engineers working there. The girls also took part in and engineering challenge and the day ended with a tour of the factory and a chance to look at some of the products that are made using the rivets manufactured by Gesipa including a Range Rover body shell. The girls also had opportunity to try their hand at riveting.

Caroline Ward 14-19 Deputy Head said ‘We need to make girls aware that engineering is a diverse industry with many different career opportunities many of them in clean and high tech environments’.

Informing young people of their career choices is a vital part of Keighley College’s strategy. If we are going to attract bright young people and particularly girls into the engineering sector we have to raise its profile and make both parents and children aware of the fantastic opportunities it offers.

Engineering Apprenticeship Vacancies Available Now

Mark Smith at work in the Industrial Excellence Centre

Mark Smith at work in the Industrial Excellence Centre

Do you have 5 A-C grades at GCSE? Are you looking for a job with real training and genuine career prospects? Did you know that engineers typically earn between £25,000 and £55,000 a year? Engineering is often carries out in a clean high-tech environment and has a huge range of job roles, from research and design, to testing, manufacturing and sales and support across aerospace, gas, oil, nuclear, automotive and many more. Most engineering employers will support employees through to higher level qualifications such as degrees. Many engineers get to travel the world fitting and maintaining equipment. If this sounds like the job for you call our enquiries team on 01535 685 000 or e mail and ask about engineering apprenticeships.

ICE Shines at Keighley Buiness Awards


Keighley businesses enjoyed a successful fourth annual Keighley Business Awards dinner and presentation ceremony. The well attended occasion, compered by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration, was staged in Victoria Hall on the evening of Friday 17th June.

The prestigious overall 2016 Business of the Year Award went to Keighley College client Acorn Stairlifts, which also picked up two individual category awards.

This year saw the inaugural Milner Awards for 1st Year Apprentices from the industrial Centre for Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering based within the College. The Milner Awards are sponsored by Keighley Training Consortium and are a tribute to Mick Milner, owner of Leach and Thompson Foundry, and founder of the Fab Lab Airedale. The awards had three categories, each with a cash prize, Best Academic Achievement £400, Best Skills Development £400 and Overall Achievement £1000. The winners were:

Best Skills Development – Matthew Bebb Best Academic Achievement – Connor Wignall Overall Achievement – James Thomason

The awards were presented by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and the winners were interviewed on stage by Harry Gration who was impressed by the maturity of their answers and their enthusiasm for their course.

It proved to be a very good year for Keighley College with apprentice Chloe Gunning from Rotherwood Recuitment also picking up the Apprentice/trainee of the Year.

During their acceptance speech Keighley Business Awards Manufacturing Business of the Year Byworth Boilers also heavily praised Engineering apprentices at Keighley College and citing the value of an apprenticeship and the importance of getting young women into engineering.

For the fourth year running, the glitzy awards themselves were all designed and manufactured by Fab Lab Airedale based within Keighley College.

Keighley College Offers Coded Welder Training

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Keighley College has now received accreditation from the Welding Institute (TWI – to run codded welding at Keighley. TWI are widely regarded as the best in the World in their field and are recognised by many of the largest engineering companies. This is all about higher level skills and was driven by the employer board of the College’s Industrial Centre of Excellence.

Successful accreditation has involved investment in training for the staff and a very thorough audit and the College are delighted to have passed. This accreditation will allow the College to deliver welder training and certification to BS EN287 and BS 48752 in addition to Welding Procedures and Welding Inspector training. Many fabrication companies report that their clients are demanding that welder are coded and it is also a pre-requisite for fabrication companies who are wishing to be ISO accredited, so a real example of the college responding to employer needs.

Keighley College currently has 15 welding bays offering Mig, Tig, Stick and Manual Metal Arc, Oxy-Acetylene cutting & welding, Brazing and Soldering. The facility is fast requiring a national reputation with students coming from as far away as Suffolk and demand is such that plans are afoot to increase the size facility over the coming year. The department has recently begun to take on some commercial fabrication work, allowing students to work on real jobs, giving them a better understanding of quality, cost and delivery and in effect creating work experience while still within the college.



Keighley College Gains Coveted iMechE Accreditation

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We are delighted to announce that  Keighley College has now received accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) for our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme run through our Industrial Centre of Excellence. This followed a strict audit by iMechE and means that the centre is one of a select group of training organisations who’s students get free access to a range of support including:

  • Supported access to the world’s largest engineering library sited at  Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Bursaries and other financial support
  • Opportunities to attend free engineering events and talks
  • Newsletters featuring the latest developments in the sector

One of the key benefits to the College being approved by iMechE is that all students coming through the course will be able to fill in a short application form to become professionally registered as EngTech. This simple process can make all the difference  to an engineer’s career with many major employers such as BAE, the MOD and Rolls Royce insisting that all staff are professionally registered and often using this as a criteria when filtering job applicants. In short this will help our students stand out from the crowd and demonstrates our continued commitment to the success of our apprentices and demonstrates the quality of our training provision to students and employers.

Engineers of the Future Visit Advanced Actuators


Over 25 potential young engineers and their parents attended the recent factory open evening an Advanced Actuators. They were given a full site tour, looking at hydraulics and electronc controls systems devloped by this highly successful business followed by a presentation about the company and working demonstrations of some of the equipment that company manufactures. More fac tory open evenings are planned for the near future.

See the Best of British Engineering at Advanced Actuators

Advanced Actuators

Advanced Actuators in Silsden will be opening its doors to show young people and their parents the face of modern engineering.

Advanced Actuators Ltd is a well established leading supplier of actuators, control solutions and hydraulic components. Since 1969 they have supplied a range of diverse markets, including oil & gas, power generation, nuclear, marine, and industrial marketplaces throughout the world. The company has all aspects of engineering from design through to installation.

The event is on the 28th April from 17.00 – 18.00 and includes a full tour of the facilities and an opportunity to talk to some of the staff. To book you place e mail

A Look Behind the Scenes at Byworth Boilers



The board managing the Industrial Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering based in Keighley College is delighted to offer a series of Factory Open Evenings where young people and their parents and carers will have a rare opportunity a look behind the scenes at some of the areas’ most successful manufacturing companies. The tours will allow people to see what working in a modern manufacturing plant is like and offer them the opportunity to ask questions about working in this diverse and exciting sector. The next open evening is to be held at Bywoth Boilers Parkwood Boiler Works, Parkwood Street, Keighley BD21 4NW on the 29th January between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and all are welcome. Byworth Boilers have an established history of employing apprentices are continuously looking for young people to fulfil these roles.

Many manufacturing and engineering companies offer excellent salaries once qualified and will support staff in developing both practically and academically. The engineering sector needs some 1.8 million new employees by 2020 and there really has never been a better time to investigate this area as a career option and a genuine alternative to the traditional routes to university.

To book your place on any of the tours e mail