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Why Manufacturing and Engineering?

Engineering is one of the biggest employment sectors in the UK which includes jobs like civil engineering, manufacturing and food production, aerospace, motor vehicle and rail engineering. To become and engineer you will need to complete a degree at university or an engineering apprenticeship. We have some of the largest engineering businesses in the UK based in Leeds City Region including Northern Rail, Nestle and Unilever.

Ave. Salary

80% male
20% female

30% educated to degree level

3760 apprenticeships

10% predicted increase in jobs by 2024

147,000 people working in manufacturing and engineering jobs

Top skills

Problem solving
Organisational skills
Attention to detail

Useful subjects

Art and Design
Business Studies

Most in demand jobs

Business Maintenance engineer
CNC operator
Production worker
Electrical engineer
Mechanical design engineer

Electronic Engineers design and develop systems that are used for lots of different things, such as your smartphone, manufacturing or even aerospace technology. The national average for this job is £45,000 per year.

Welders work with materials such as metals, alloys, and composite materials, such as plastics, using specialist welding methods. The national average salary for this job is £26,000 a year.

A Sewing Machinist stitches pieces of material together to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. The national average salary for this job is £14,000 - £21,000 a year.

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Did you know? More people in Leeds City Region are employed in the manufacture of medical instruments than anywhere else in the UK.

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