Thursday, February 4, 2016

News: AESSEAL gets up to speed

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Rotherham manufacturer, AESSEAL has signed up to support the Get up to Speed (GUTS) - a highly interactive event held in Rotherham aimed at showcasing the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors.

With global headquarters at Templeborough, AESSEAL manufactures seals to stop leakage of harmful liquids and gases into the environment for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food, water, mining and pharmaceuticals.

Moving to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham last year, GUTS is the premier event in the region aimed at inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and engineers. Bringing together employers and employment opportunities together with school children, students, parents and educators, it broke all records in 2015 with over 1,850 visitors, exhibitors and attractions.

This year's event is back at Magna on Wednesday April 20.

Driven by the region's employers, the event is supported by founding sponsors Tata Steel and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), who are joined this year by AESSEAL plc, Made in Sheffield and Santander.

Stephen Shaw, group engineering director at AESSEAL, said: "The success of AESSEAL is dependent upon its ability to innovate and bring products to market. We are proud to support the GUTS event, which rightly focuses on innovation, design, manufacturing and engineering in the local area. Get up to Speed is a great interactive event which attracts young people into STEM subjects. AESSEAL finds this event key in assisting young people when choosing their future career options and hopefully planting the seed for our future engineers."

Many local companies get involved in the event through The work-wise Foundation and attend with their apprentices to talk to young people about the opportunities and careers open to them. Five years on some of those early visitors are attending as apprentices and graduates and telling their own stories and inspiring others.

Get up to Speed is a free event which is already on target this year to break its record attendance of last year. It includes a wide range of hands-on activities and is showcasing over 50 different businesses plus support and education organisations. Attractions this year so far include F1 and motorcycle simulators, Virtual Reality Welding, University Formula Racing Teams, wheel change challenge, 2016 British Touring Car Championship Vehicle plus much more to be still to be revealed (including a Dalek!).

Get up to Speed website

Images: Get Up To Speed / Andrew Klinkenberg

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