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Get up to Speed with STEM, Yorkshire’s largest annual employer-inspired science, technology, engineering, manufacturing (STEM) and construction careers spectacular, is inviting businesses to take part in the first ever Virtual Business Breakfast Networking and Celebration Event.

Taking place on Friday 26th March from 8:00am to 10:30am, the Business Breakfast, which is usually held at Magna Science Centre prior to the start of the main Get up to Speed with STEM showcase, is one of the largest STEM networking events in the region.

Sponsored by Elevation Recruitment for a third year running, the event will see Chris Rea OBE, Managing Director of Virtual Get up to Speed with STEM’s event partner AESSEAL, deliver a keynote speech on Betterworld:Solutions and how businesses can make a difference in helping to save the environment whilst making a return on the investment.

Focusing on the theme of Engineering a Better Future Through Skills and Sustainability, other guest speakers include Get up to Speed headline sponsors, Mick Hood, HR Director, Liberty Steel and Marie Cooper, MD CBE+. In addition, John Bohan, Senior Director, Engineering & Manufacturing at Elevation Recruitment, Stephen Shaw, Group Engineering Director, AESSEAL and Richard Caborn, President of The Work-wise Foundation will also take part.

John Barber, CEO of the work-wise Foundation and Chair of the Get up to Speed Steering Group, comments: “We are always very grateful to the businesses across our region and beyond that show support and take part in Get up to Speed every year and our breakfast event is a great way for us to give something back. We took the decision to make this year’s event virtual to coincide with the main Get up to Speed showcase and so we can still give our thanks to all of the businesses that have taken part. Plus, it means we can invite more like-minded business leaders working in the STEM sectors and showcase the fantastic opportunities the event provides and how we can work together to engineer a better future.”

The 2021 Get up to Speed Virtual Business Breakfast will also celebrate 10 years of Get up to Speed with STEM. In addition, organisers will announce the Winners of the CityFibre APP challenge, a healthy eating and fitness app development competition that students have been participating in during the latest lockdown. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network virtually.

John Barber adds: “We’re looking forward to meeting everyone on the day and despite attendees having to make do with supplying their own bacon sandwiches this year, we’re confident the first ever Virtual Business Breakfast will be a great morning. We are extremely grateful to Elevation Recruitment for sponsoring the event once again, along with all of the hundreds of other companies and individuals that have given us their backing over the past decade.”

Businesses wishing to attend the virtual event are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible and before the booking deadline of 12th March. Visit for more information and to register.

About Get up to Speed with STEM: The Virtual Experience

Taking place from 22nd – 26th March 2021, Get up to Speed with STEM: The Virtual Experience, organised by The Work-wise Foundation and delivered in partnership with AESSEAL, will be held virtually to give young people the opportunity to learn about and engage with STEM related businesses.

During the event attendees will have exclusive access to online content, including virtual tours, demonstrations, career stories, inventions, company profiles and interviews, created by over 50 of the UK’s leading STEM businesses. This includes headline sponsors Liberty Steel and CBE+, alongside the likes of McLaren, IMechE, IET, DePuy (part of the Johnson & Johnson Group), Engie, Tecomet, CityFibre and many more.

The majority of the event will be pre-recorded and viewable 24 hours a day throughout the week, with additional live sessions being streamed from The Work-wise Foundation at 9am, 11am and 2pm each day.

Over the past 10 years, Get up to Speed has showcased engineering career opportunities to over 19,000 young people and their families from across the South Yorkshire region and beyond. The event also gives companies the opportunity to showcase their business whilst helping to address the skills gap in STEM-related industries.

Get up to Speed with STEM 2021 is open to young people, families, individuals, schools and employers. For more details and to register, go to


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