A sustainable approach to helping young people
Youth Engineering is a charitable enterprise, of which Bradbury Group’s Managing Director, Tim Strawson, is a patron. Founded in 2014, Youth Engineering, was established with the goal to develop a long-term, sustainable approach to helping young people from the North Lincolnshire area gain the necessary skills and qualifications required to find long-term employment.
As a not-for-profit business, Youth Engineering provides the training, experience and support for young people to enable them to enter the labour market whilst helping them to study and attain qualifications, including NVQs, functional skills training, forklift licenses, and HNCs.
Youth Engineering has a state-of-the art laser cutting machine, as well as press brakes, rolling mills, welding booths, and a powder coating facility. The laser cutting machine can handle steel, stainless steel and aluminium components, and, although best suited to high volume orders, offers flexibility for shorter product runs. An experienced factory manager works with the engineering and production operatives to ensure consistent manufacture of high-quality products, and close supervision for trainees.
Trainees receive tailor-made training, and are supported back into the labour market in their own time. This provides local employers with a continuous source of fully trained operatives with engineering skills and a proven track record. Youth Engineering have provided the area with a viable alternative to importing components from China, offering greater flexibility and better lead times, with the added benefit of giving back to the local community.
In 2017, Youth Engineering won the North Lincolnshire Business Investment Award, for having made a financial investment to business growth in the North Lincolnshire area, and applying a policy of employing local people, contractors and suppliers, while demonstrating positive sustainability and impact for the future.
Upon winning the award, Youth Engineering’s Managing Director, Lindsay Cates, remarked, “It is an honour to accept this award, and receive recognition for our work within the local community. I would also like to thank the dedication and hard work of the Youth Engineering team, without whom winning this award would not have been possible. I look forward to this accomplishment being advanced upon, and to the continued growth of Youth Engineering.”
Youth Engineering is now in its fourth year, and has proven the model can deliver. Ongoing profitability will be reinvested into the charity, and into another site in the North Lincolnshire area in the near future.