You can’t have a career at Burnley | Chronicle of Rachel Bayley

Rachel Bayley, Burnley Brand Manager

In Burnley. and, we interviewed a range of people who have #madeitinburnley.

From aerospace engineers and world-class music producers to real estate developers and business development managers, we’ve shone the spotlight on a tiny handful of people who have built successful careers right here in Burnley.

One of the people we met is Joe Clegg, a music producer and drummer who worked with Ellie Goulding for 12 years and also worked alongside Bastille and Mumford and Sons.

Joe studied music in college and one day hopped in a stage coach from Burnley to London for an audition. He got the job and spent the next 12 years as Ellie’s musical director and drummer, while being based with his young family in Lancashire.

Joe told us, “I guess as a young musician, unless you’re in London, you wouldn’t have such an opportunity… I understood then that the industry is based on people who are all over the world, let alone all over the country, so it doesn’t matter where you live.

“I use Lancashire as a base to get to the airport and fly to LA, New York, Sydney and then come back to my life here. Love it here… it made it easier for us to access the property scale which we could not have done at the time in London.

We also met Emil Khan, senior engineer at aerospace company Velocity Composites. Emil lives in Chorley and admits he didn’t know how huge the aerospace industry is in Burnley.

“It’s great to work at Burnley, the people are very welcoming and hardworking, they have a great work ethic.”

He told us how Burnley is growing as a college town great for recruiting in advanced manufacturing and engineering. Emil himself graduated from UCLan with an engineering degree.

And in his spare time he competes in Ironman competitions and enjoys keeping fit, with plenty of local places to run, bike and swim.

I really encourage you to take a trip to the and websites and social media to find out the range of people we interviewed and how many amazing industries have a base in Burnley.

We need to inspire our children to find out what is in store for them in terms of careers and that they can start on that path, whether it be with a work experience, an apprenticeship or a degree from UCLan or Burnley College University. Of course, this benefits everyone.

The aspirations of young people are high, our companies have a qualified workforce and our young people can build a career in any field whatsoever.

They’re spending their hard-earned money in our inner cities, potentially buying affordable properties and starting families here and the cycle continues. And a successful Burnley benefits everyone.

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