Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Young engineers from across South Yorkshire will come together this Saturday to take part in a public speaking event, with the top two participants automatically entered to represent their local area at the regional final next week.

The annual showdown, organised by volunteers from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), has been sponsored this year by Rotherham recruitment experts Elevation. The event will see some of the region's most promising young engineers take part in the IMechE's "Speak Out For Engineering" (SOFE) competition - giving young engineers the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills in presentation and public speaking.

2014 has seen the revival in Yorkshire of the SOFE competition which was originally established in 1964 to challenge young engineers to prove that they could communicate effectively, which is still an important area for today's developing engineers.

IMechE is an independent engineering society working to raise the profile of mechanical engineering.

Elevation Recruitment, which recruits across a number of specialist areas including manufacturing and engineering and works with local firms including Greencore and Smith & Nephew, said the sponsorship was in line with their commitment to supporting the future generation of engineers.

Part of the Horbury Group, Elevation was founded in 2010 and has expanded quickly. The team placed more than 150 candidates into senior level engineering and manufacturing roles in 2013.

John Bohan, director at Elevation, will sit as one of the judging panel. John said: "The Yorkshire region is renowned for being at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing, both in terms of technology and development, and training and education.

"At Elevation we recruit for a number of highly specialised roles, and the calibre of candidates that we see is extremely high. The Speak Out For Engineering competition provides an excellent opportunity for young engineers to showcase and develop their communication skills, and to really stand out to potential employers.

"We know that, for employers, the importance of a candidate being able to demonstrate strong communication skills cannot be overstated. From making a good first impression at interview, to presenting ideas to a funding board, to representing your company at conferences – developing and refining these core skills is an absolute must.

"We are pleased to be able to support young people across the region through our involvement with SOFE, and very much look forward to hearing from the engineers of tomorrow."

The winner and runner up from each heat will speak at the Regional Final on Friday 14th March in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, and will attend the Yorkshire Regional Dinner that evening where they will be presented with their award by the IMechE President, Patrick Kniveton.

IMechE website
Elevation Recruitment website

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