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UK: Refrigerated vehicle specialist CoolKit is helping to encourage young people in manufacturing by sponsoring a major competition for schools.

The Burnley-based company is sponsoring the Lancashire heats of The Make It in Manufacturing North West Championship, a competition organised by The Manufacturing Institute to find the North West’s manufacturing stars of tomorrow.

The Challenge involves engaging five businesses from each of the region’s counties – Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester – to support a one-day competitive activity, organised by The Manufacturing Institute, for schoolchildren aged 13-14 from across their county.

The winning team of each heat will then go forward to the grand regional finals, where the champions will be crowned at Manchester United Football Stadium on 15 March 2017.

The Lancashire heats are set to take place at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, Preston on 30 November 2016.

Delighted that CoolKit was to be the headline sponsor, Stephanie Boyle, events executive at The Manufacturing Institute, said: “CoolKit will be working directly with schools across Lancashire, helping to engage young people with manufacturing by showcasing the work that they do and the opportunities that are on the students’ doorsteps when they leave school. 

“By sponsoring this event CoolKit are helping to develop valuable links between employers and the local community, nurture new talent and encourage rewarding careers.”

Steve Wilkinson, head of operations at CoolKit, said: “As a major growing manufacturing business in Lancashire, we are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of such an innovative programme for young people in the local area.

“A large proportion of our workforce is based in operations at CoolKit, in our new large workshop premises. It is important to broadcast the message to our future workforce that manufacturing is an exciting and vibrant industry to be part of, and for them to understand all the interesting areas it is possible to get involved in within a manufacturing business. We are looking forward to leading the Lancashire schools in this event and hopefully provide some valuable guidance for the next generation of manufacturing talent.”

Top photo: CoolKit’s Steve Wilkinson seals the sponsorship deal with Stephanie Boyle of the Manufacturing Institute