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Get up to Speed Returns to Rotherham

posted 28 Nov 2017, 02:12 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 28 Nov 2017, 02:13 ]
Get up to Speed will make a welcome return to its now well-established home at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

This high profile interactive event started in 2011 and moved to Magna in 2015, where it has grown into what is believed to be the largest event of its kind in the north. Attracting over 2,100 attendees in 2017 and expected to have another record year in 2018, it brings together students, adults and employers, not just from the region, but across the UK. 

The event is driven by the regions employers, with an already impressive list of sponsors confirmed, including Liberty Speciality Steels, Cooper Brown Enterprises, AESSEAL plc, Highlander IT & Telecoms, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Get up to Speed is a highly interactive event aimed at showcasing the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors, it’s employers and employment opportunities to young people, parents and educators. 

The event aims to inspire; building confidence and knowledge in these sectors as a great place to work in a fun and interactive way. 

The Made in Sheffield brand is recognised around the world and the region is renowned internationally for its expertise in high-precision engineering, metals production, new technologies and the high-quality design and manufacturing of products for a wide range of global industries. In engineering alone, with 186,000 new engineers required nationally per year between now and 2024 to fill the expected skills gap, local companies understand the need to help celebrate and promote the industry. This is not just nationally and internationally, but more importantly locally, to ensure that there are enough talented and skilled young people entering the industry to fill the region’s growing skills needs.  

Many local companies, and increasingly national companies, get involved in the event through The work-wise Foundation, attending with their apprentices and graduates to talk to young people and those who educate and influence them, about opportunities and careers available. Eight years on, some of those early visitors are attending as apprentices and graduates, telling their own stories and inspiring others.
Liberty Speciality Steels HR Director, Mick Hood comments:

“We continue to support the Get up to Speed event because it is a fantastic way of raising awareness among young people, teachers and parents, of the exciting opportunities on offer by choosing an engineering or science-based career. Each year the event gets bigger and better and I’m sure this year will be no different”.

Talking about the 2018 event John Barber CEO of the work-wise Foundation and Chair of the Get up to Speed Steering Group explains:

“Get up to Speed is free to visit and is designed to inspire and inform through a wide range of hands on activities, showcasing many different businesses from traditional to advanced technologies plus support and education organisations. Previous exhibits have ranged from Virtual Reality Welding, CNC Machining, VR and Augmented Reality tools for the rail industry to a human powered sail rocket, hang gliders, a bi-plane with the Vulcan ‘To the Skies’ Bomber Project and a female stunt pilot. Vehicles have included the Bloodhound SSC, F1 cars, drag and racing motorcycles, armoured military vehicles, Rail Ranger off road vehicle that also runs on rail tracks, University Formula Racing Teams and of course our friendly Dalek, plus much more. This year we have extended the event to encompass science and technology as well as engineering and manufacturing, as we recognise ever changing range of opportunities opening up to young people. 

Recognising the importance of those who influence young people’s choices we will also be running  teacher awareness seminars on the day so they can take back to school knowledge and practical activities, and spread the word further.”

The day gets underway with a Business Breakfast at 8am and the main event following at 9:30am, running until 5pm.

We already have over 30 exhibitors confirmed but would love to hear from anyone wanting to exhibit or get involved on the day.

Any schools, colleges or individuals interested in attending or exhibiting should contact John Barber at john@work-wise.co.uk  or visit www.getuptospeed.org.uk to find out more and register.

RiDO have supported the Get up to Speed event each year since 2011 and are proud to be involved in helping to grow the STEM sector in Rotherham as part of the Sheffield City Region.