Thursday, April 30, 2015

News: Get Up To Speed breaks records

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This year's Get Up To Speed (GUTS), the premier event in the region aimed at inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and engineers, has broken all records with over 1,850 visitors, exhibitors and attractions.

This is the first year that the highly acclaimed careers event has been held at The Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and the venue proved to be a perfect fit with the ambition of the event in promoting the region as still having an exceptionally successful engineering and manufacturing base, built from our heritage spanning hundreds of years.

Organised by the Sheffield-based work-wise Foundation and Very Creative Ltd, alongside RiDO and Creative Sheffield, the events have been a chance for visitors to see some of the fastest vehicles, innovations and people on earth, all in one place. Attendees get to learn about how their success has been achieved and the fundamental role design, engineering and manufacturing have played in that success. Families, young people and teachers also learn about exciting career opportunities in the manufacturing sector within the region.

Now in its fifth year, and funded entirely by the private sector, 60 local companies and organisations attended with interactive stands keen to show their apprenticeship opportunities.

John Barber co-founder of the work-wise Foundation, said: "In addition we had a vast array of different attractions demonstrating to young people the impact that science, technology, engineering and maths has in our world, ranging from virtual welding, mind controlled quad copters, the Delorean car, featured in "Back to the Future" 1980's film, a full sized aircraft being built by students, Formula racing simulators, speedway, electric and hydrogen fuelled cars and much more. We even had a Dalek built by an Apprentice!

"It was an amazing experience seeing hundreds of young people queuing to get into the event, all eager to meet employers and apprentices!"

Speaking at the event Master Cutler, David Grey MBE said: "I can only describe this as the best careers event for young people I’ve ever attended. Its letting them see that not only is engineering and manufacturing a good career choice, it's an exciting career choice and an interesting career choice. The excitement is palpable, its fantastic and the great thing is - this is the private sector getting together and making the decision we need to attract young people into our sector because we are growing."

Headline sponsors of Get Up To Speed are The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Tata Steel.

Work is already underway planning for next year's event, again to be held at Magna, with April 20 pencilled in the diary.

Get Up To Speed website

Images: Get Up To Speed / Andrew Klinkenberg

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