Get ready for skilled jobs boom – Destination Chesterfield

Published 20th October 2017 at 1:21pm

Engineering and manufacturing businesses in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire are being urged to make sure they have the right workforce in place for the district’s expected investment and development boom.

Made in Chesterfield – the annual month-long festival of engineering and manufacturing which is organised by Destination Chesterfield – is returning for the fourth year next month.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, said: “Businesses in manufacturing and engineering are vital to the ongoing success of the local economy, more so now that an HS2 station and maintenance depot has been announced for the area. Although 17 years away, preparations for the arrival of HS2 in Chesterfield must begin now. There are 250 new high-level skill jobs alone at the maintenance depot and many others will be generated in the local supply chain.

“Made in Chesterfield plays an important role in raising awareness of the job opportunities within the sector amongst young people and schools, and in helping businesses get themselves future-proofed and HS2 ready.”

Sponsored by the University of Derby and MSE Hiller, Made in Chesterfield 2017 promises to be the biggest and most successful yet with more young people and businesses in the sector taking part than ever before.

Free business events are being held to tell companies how to maximise opportunities local, nationally and globally. Workshops, seminars and forums will provide information on grants and finance available to enter new markets at home and overseas, and to look at solutions for skills shortages.

Made in Chesterfield will be launched on Thursday 2 November at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Britain’s only surviving operational railway roundhouse, which has recently reopened following a £1.1 million refurbishment.

The Made in Chesterfield business events include:

2 November                Made in Chesterfield launch – Barrow Hill Roundhouse

Organised by Destination Chesterfield

14 November              DIT Masterclass: International e-commerce

15 November              D2N2 Support for Innovative Businesses

16 November              Annual Business and Manufacturing Seminar

Organised by Natwest, Shorts and Banner Jones

16 November              Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Manufacturing Forum

Organised by Destination Chesterfield in partnership with United Cast Bar and Natwest Bank

22 November              Digital Trade Advice Clinic


Dr Peter Dewhurst, Head of Strategic Projects at the University of Derby, added: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Made in Chesterfield festival’s packed calendar of business events. Destination Chesterfield has teamed up with some innovative and high profile companies in the region to provide some really informative and inspiring masterclasses and networking events for businesses. We look forward to celebrating everything that is Made in Chesterfield.”

The winner of the Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Destination Chesterfield, will be announced at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards on Thursday 9 November.

Made in Chesterfield is coordinated by Destination Chesterfield in partnership with MSE Hiller, United Cast Bar Ltd, Natwest, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and Placing Futures.

Made in Chesterfield also features a schools programme designed to attract young people to a career in engineering and manufacturing.

Full details of all the Made in Chesterfield business events and how to book can be found at


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