For the 5th year in succession, local Companies and Rotherham and Sheffield Councils rallied round to support the annual Get Up To Speed interactive Careers Fayre, which was held at The Magna Science Adventure Centre on April 22nd. Organised by a local charity The work-wise Foundation and Very Creative Ltd this year’s “Get Up To Speed” affectionately known as GUTS, has broken all records with over 1,850 visitors, exhibitors and attractions.
This highly successful event is recognized as the most influential and largest event of its kind in Yorkshire, giving young people an insight into the career opportunities in engineering, manufacturing and technology. Employers know best the world of work, they know best what skills and aptitudes they need, and they know how best to inspire young people about their future, so it makes absolute sense that local companies come together to provide this incredibly engaging, informative and fun careers event.
Image shows Richard Edwards; Director at G&J Hall Ltd and Glyn Winnard; Halls Cutting Tool Product Manager; at the Get up to Speed Fayre
“60 local companies and organisations joined us at GUTS with interactive stands keen to show their apprenticeship opportunities as well as the plethora of different jobs and a careers there are in engineering and manufacturing in the region” said John Barber co-founder of the work-wise Foundation.“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 fueled 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. It’s 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, it’s 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”