A not for profit event run by the private and public sector, now in its 10th year. The event aims to showcase STEM related careers to future workers and offers the opportunity for businesses from across the country to engage with the next generation and each other.

Get up to Speed for Education

This annual event is designed for young people, their families and teachers to see some of the UK's best innovations first hand, hear from and talk to those involved in their success and learn about the future of the sector and its evolution through technology.

Get up to Speed for Business

Get up to Speed gives companies the opportunity to showcase their business whilst helping to address the skills gap in STEM-related industries. Events throughout the day allow networking and promotion, whilst over 3000 visitors give companies the opportunity to engage their future workforce.

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Get up to Speed has now been attended by over 13,000 people in the past 9 years, around 80% of whom were young people, families and teachers, interested in the STEM agenda. Companies and apprentices were also out in force sharing information on their businesses and career stories. These included Liberty Speciality Steel, McLaren Automotive, AESSEAL, Rolls-Royce, Doncasters Bramah and Mazak.

Attractions and interactive learning activities have included the National Space Centre, Lunar Base, Bloodhound SSC, Vestas World Record Sail Rocket, F1 Car and Simulator, Vulcan to the Sky, Rolls-Royce Jet Engine, Virtual Welding, WMG World First F3 Car plus many more...

There is also the chance to try your hand at a range of STEM-related activities. These have included racing in a Formula 1 simulator, learning how to build a rocket, exploring the solar system in VR and learning more about how design and engineering play a part in many different aspects of life, from food manufacturing to football and more...

The past years' events have been a chance for visitors to see some of the fastest vehicles, innovations and people on earth all in one place, and see how they are influenced by Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region and wider United Kingdom.

Attendees have learnt about how their success has been achieved and the fundamental role that design, science and technology have played in that success. You'll be surprised just how many of these couldn't have happened without innovation, design, engineering & manufacturing talent and resources based in the UK.

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Visitor Feedback

"Great event, great organisation and logistics with an awesome result! It was fantastic to be a part of such an inspiring day, thanks for sharing the experience with us and well done to you and all your team. Can't wait for next year!"

Company Director

"Absolutely Blew us away! It was the most exciting trip ever.

We are already booked in for next year - this was unbelievable."

Head of Careers - Scissett Middle School

"Our Students really enjoyed the event; it gave a lot of food for thought and has stimulated a lot of questions. Thanks for all your hard work put us on the list for next year please!"

Secondary School Teacher, Sheffield

"I attended the event last year with my son who on the day networked with different companies offering apprenticeships, we found it a very positive experience my son is now in his seventh month as an apprentice at Sheffield Forgemasters"


More Visitor Feedback...

"...it was a brilliant day! We got to see some of the UK's best innovations first hand, heard from and talked to the people involved, and learnt about future technology. It is an exciting time for our young engineers, with so many great opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. It really makes us wonder what they'll come up with next..."

Henry Fanshawe School

“This was our first time at Get up to Speed and we had an amazing day. We were a little unsure about what to expect…As well as giving an insight into our world, we also came away with some unexpected opportunities…It was also a great opportunity for some of our team to spend time in the community…we will definitely be attending again next year.”

Operations Manager – MED-EL

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