Senior Architectural Systems has announced plans for this year’s Aluminium Day, which is set to take place on Wednesday 13 March.
The date itself, the 13th day of the third month, gives a nod to the fact that aluminium is the third most abundant metal in the world and its atomic number is 13. Now in its fifth year, Aluminium Day is Senior’s annual social media event that celebrates the versatility of aluminium and encourages those from across the manufacturing, engineering and wider construction sectors to come together to share their news and views, a statement said.
This year’s event aims to support a wider conversation about where the skills gaps are and identify the new generation of ‘Aluminium Aces’ – the students, new recruits, trainees and apprentices who are all helping to shape the future of the aluminium industry, it noted.
Throughout the day, Senior said people can use the #AluminiumDay hashtag on LinkedIn and Facebook to post about any initiatives they have been involved in, from partnerships with local schools and colleges, to in-house training schemes. Contributors can also give a special shout out to the ‘Aluminium Aces’ within their own organisation, whether these are younger people just starting their career or more experienced colleagues who are playing an active role in raising awareness of the opportunities of working with this innovative building material, the statement added.
Senior said it will be also be sharing more details about its partnership with local secondary school Sir Thomas Wharton Academy as part of the Better Learners Better Workers Programme. Senior is working closely with the school and its students to provide information about the company, its work, the wider fenestration and construction industries, and most importantly, what career opportunities are available for the next generation.
Mark Wadsworth, managing director of Senior Architectural Systems, said: “When we launched Aluminium Day five years ago, our aim was to raise the profile of this versatile and sustainable building material and to celebrate the skills of the people that work with it.
“On this anniversary year, we wanted to really shine the spotlight on how companies are trying to plug the skills gap and the many reasons why young people should consider a career within the manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors.
“We know from our own experiences that these conversations need to start at grass-roots level and that education is a key part of the process so we are looking forward to sharing our own stories and hearing how other companies are getting involved.”