A KEIGHLEY engineering firm has won recognition for its work helping schoolchildren prepare for future careers.

Gesipa was presented with an ‘outstanding contribution’ accolade in the annual Bradford-district Careers and Technical Education Partnership awards.

The Dalton Lane company, which specialises in producing rivets, has strong links with promoting engineering to young people.

It takes part in the hugely-successful Bradford Manufacturing Week, it last year sponsored the Young Engineers Awards staged by the Keighley Association of Engineers, and it has been involved in a project with Parkside School at Cullingworth aimed at raising student aspirations.

The Careers and Technical Education Partnership brings together businesses, schools and colleges to work on projects designed to help young people acquire skills sought by employers and industry.

Its awards programme, held online this year, celebrates the achievements of the students but also honours companies for their contributions.

This year’s 48 student winners, recognised across eight categories, were chosen by a panel of employers.

Accolades included outstanding students of the year in business, creative industries and health and social care.

Alongside Gesipa, rail operator Northern also received an ‘outstanding contribution’ award.

Rance Booth Smith Architects and TF Automation were both highly commended.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, pays tribute to all the winners.

He added: “The Careers and Technical Education Partnership does an important job in bringing together employers and educators to ensure that the children and young people of Bradford district gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to make a successful transition into the world of work and enjoy a successful career – and help our district thrive.

“I congratulate all the winners and thank the pupils, schools and businesses for their enthusiasm and dedication.”

Youmna Khan, the partnership’s project lead, said: “It has been truly humbling to see a snapshot of our district’s talent – the depth of skills, tenacity and outstanding character of our young people and businesses alike. This made our judges’ jobs even harder.”