Engineering Careers Fair Back at Magna for 2017

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A careers fair aimed at getting young people into engineering, manufacturing or technology is coming back to Magna for the third year.

The Get Up to Speed event, which attracts big names like Rolls Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters, and Tata Speciality Steel, is the biggest of its kind in Yorkshire.

Around 50 engineering professional bodies, colleges, training providers and companies will be exhibiting at the fair on April 26.

Exhibitors include Chesterfield Special Cylinders, Naylor Industries, Polypipe, Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd and Tinsley Bridge. Sponsors include Santander, Sheffield Tooling, AESSEAL, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Organised by Sheffield-based charity the work-wise Foundation, in collaboration with local partners including RIDO, CQ Strategic Marketing and The Manufacturing Forum, the event at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham is expected to attract at least 2,000 young people.

As well as exhibitors there will be attractions including an Army Husky vehicle, an F1 simulator, a 10m Scalextric, demonstrations of 3D printing and the chance to try virtual reality welding.

Stunt pilot Lauren Richardson will also be in attendance, and University of Sheffield students will be bringing an 18m human-powered glider.

Get Up to Speed is free to schools and families. It was first run in 2011, moving to Magna in 2015.

John Barber, of the work-wise Foundation, said: “Get up to Speed is a chance to see some of the UK’s most exciting engineering inventions, and meet the people who design, build and operate them.

“It really is a great place for the engineers of the future to be inspired and for companies to be part of that future.

“And Magna is the perfect venue for this event. The building is steeped in industrial history. As a giant former steelworks it is awe-inspiring and 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.”

John Silker, chief executive of Magna, said: “We are delighted to welcome the event back again. We are very much part of the local business community and we are all about science and education. And Magna is a cathedral to industry – both in the past and the future.”

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks near junction 34 of the M1. It is an award-winning visitor attraction, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips and offers space corporate events.

Get Up to Speed runs from 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesday April 26th.