The Institute of Creative Leather Technologies held an Industry Engagement Day at Park Campus on Wednesday 25 February for students to find out about career opportunities and meet with industry representatives.
The keynote speech was given by Simon Dagger from luxury car manufacturer, Aston Martin and students and staff were able to see for themselves the Rapide model; a four-door high-performance sport saloon, which was parked outside the Library.
Other industry representatives attended and either gave talks or exhibited their wares in the Library foyer. These included Burberry, Lear Corporation, Church’s, Horace Batten Bootmakers, Pittards, Scottish Leather Group, Smit & Zoon, STAHL, Lanxess, BLC Leather Technology Centre and SATRA.
Rachel Garwood, Director of the Institute of Creative Leather Technologies, commented: “This was an incredibly valuable event, not only for leather students but also those from other disciplines within the University, such as fashion, design, business and marketing. Students were given an insight into a wide range of employment opportunities, all requiring leather knowledge, within top companies and brands. Given the current global demand for graduates with leather knowledge, together with being the only University in Europe to offer this knowledge at HE level, we are ideally placed to add that extra unique edge to graduate CVs.”