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New attractions unveiled as leading engineering careers showcase doubles in size

posted 13 Apr 2015, 04:44 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Apr 2015, 04:45 ]
A pioneering employability and work experience programme is doubling the size of its annual event designed to attract more young people into engineering.

Get Up To Speed is organised by the Sheffield-based work-wise Foundation and is already believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire.

This year, the highly interactive event, which takes place on Wednesday April 22, moves to the Magna Science Adventure Centre, which means there will be more space than ever before for showcasing the excitement and opportunities in the engineering and technology sectors.

More than 1,250 young people aged 10 to 25 – from primary school to university - have already booked places at the event.

Many are taking part in trips to the event organised by more than 35 school and colleges, including schools from Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, while others are coming on their own or with parents to the early evening sessions.

Attractions will include a collection of simulators, showing school children what it’s like to drive a Formula One car or racing motorcycle, tackle a down hill sled run and a cycle race or train to compete in a canoe.

Doubling the space also means Get Up To Speed will also be able to display the ‘Spirit of Goole’ aircraft, which is being built by students and volunteers at Robin Hood Airport – the first time a full sized aircraft has been on show at the event.

A new generation of android robots and quad copters – including one controlled by brain waves – will be demonstrated and activities will include two construction challenges, one of which involves building remote controlled models from Lego.

Single seaters, built at local universities and raced as part of the annual ‘Formula Student’ competition, will be on display, along with a Formula 3 racing car and a rally car.

Around 40 companies and training organisations will be exhibiting at Get Up To Speed, telling young people, teachers and parents who come to the evening sessions, about opportunities to work in cutting edge industries.

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

IMechE Yorkshire chairman, Steve Wainwright, said: “We have a proud manufacturing heritage in the Yorkshire region and still lead the world in many areas of manufacturing and engineering technology.

“Get Up To Speed will re-assure young people that manufacturing is alive and kicking in the region, tell them about the wide variety of careers available and help to create a new wave of engineering talent that will go some way to plugging the skills gaps we face.”

Mick Hood, HR director for Tata Steel’s South Yorkshire-based speciality steels business, added: “Tata Steel has supported Get Up To Speed since its inception and continues to see the event as an important way of raising awareness among young people, teachers and parents of the exciting opportunities on offer to those who choose an engineering or science-based career.”