Monday, October 26, 2015

News: Careers events return to Rotherham

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A series of careers events are taking place in Rotherham to showcase the business and employment opportunities that are available in the borough.

First up is the Make, Create, Innovate evening at the AMRC Training Centre, the £20.5m centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham where the focus is on students aged from 16 upwards, taken on paid apprenticeships.

Taking place from 4:30pm on November 3, the free event is for students, parents and teachers to come along and see what opportunities for study and careers there are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The event will be staffed with industry-experts, AMRC trainers and current apprentices; on hand to answer any questions about what's involved with an employed-status apprenticeship and what kind of careers are on offer.

Brendan Pattison is a new AMRC apprentice employed by Castings Technology International Ltd. Brendan was inspired to apply for a place at the Training Centre after attending last year's event. Brendan said: "I have always been interested in engineering through my time working as a kart mechanic and racing with South Yorkshire Kart Club, so I had considered studying engineering at college and university.

"I didn't know anything about the Training Centre until last year's event. There were loads of people to talk to and I ended up meeting an apprentice who was employed by Casting Technology International, he told me all about the work they do and what his apprenticeship involved.

"The practical nature of it really appealed to me and it sounded a great opportunity. It's a great hands-on alternative to the traditional university route and I would recommend anyone interested in engineering to consider an apprenticeship."

Later in November, the LEAF (Local Employment and Advisory Forum) is back at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. The careers event has taken place in Rotherham for the past two years getting bigger and better each year. LEAF 2014 had 60 businesses exhibiting from across Rotherham covering all the key employment sectors and more are expected this year. On the day over 1,000 young people and jobseekers attended.

The morning session of the event will be dedicated to groups attending from our local schools who are considering career opportunities. They will be seeking advice about what prospective employers are looking for and what training provision/apprenticeships are available that will provide them with the skills they need to succeed.

The afternoon session will be focused on jobseekers and we are working with Jobcentre Plus to ensure their customers are informed of and attend the event. Jobseekers will be keen to find out about and apply for vacancies, identify the skills and qualifications needed for occupations, identify potential apprenticeship vacancies and seek advice on available training provision.

The LEAF event takes place on November 16 from 9am until 4pm.

The popular Get Up to Speed careers event has also been confirmed for next year and will return to Magna on April 20.

The event, the biggest of its kind in Yorkshire, is supported by both Rotherham and Sheffield councils and organised by Sheffield-based charity the work-wise Foundation. It was first run in 2011, moving to Magna this year.

It attracted nearly 2,000 people in 2015 and 300 students are already booked in for next year.

John Barber, of the work-wise Foundation, said: "Magna turned out to be the perfect venue for this event. The space worked really well and the place is just right because of its past and present use.

"The building is steeped in industrial history. As a giant former steelworks it is awe-inspiring and now, of course, the building has been transformed into a science adventure centre, and it's a popular venue for business events too.

"So I can't think of a better place to host an event that is all about encouraging young people to think about a career in manufacturing, engineering or technology."

This year's event attracted exhibitors from 60 companies and organisations; VIPs like the Master Cutler and local mayors, and exhibits including the car from the film Back to the Future and a full-sized aircraft model built by apprentices.

Next year Get Up to Speed will be held on April 20. Fifteen companies including Aesseal, Tata Steel, President Engineering Group Ltd, Numill, Chesterfield Cylinders, Dormer Pramet and Airmaster have already booked to attend.

AMRC Training centre website
Get Up To Speed event
Magna website

Images: Get Up To Speed / Andrew Klinkenberg

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