For many young people attending Get up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing (GUTS) literally changed their lives. Now in its 7th year GUTS is the largest event in the region showcasing careers in engineering, manufacturing and technology in a fun and interactive way. A range of the region’s top companies in the sector are there looking for future talent.
Many companies have identified and recruited such talent from those young people who have attended GUTS.
One of 2016’s sponsors AESSEAL plc in Rotherham did just that when they met Kate Richardson, 29, from Doncaster who is now a Test House Engineer. She came to Get up to Speed four years ago where she was introduced to AESSEAL. She undertook a machining based apprenticeship before moving into a more commercial role. Four years ago, Kate left Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Art, but had an interest in metal work and fabrication. She had grown up on a farm but wanted something more hands on and practical. She attended GUTS and spoke to Richard Cook, AESSEAL’s then Production and Personnel Director, and began her apprenticeship with a mixture of work in the workshop and commercial sales office. As a Test House Engineer Kate who is now involved in product development and handling customer orders.
GUTS is free to attend for young people (primary through to university), families, teachers and members of the public. Next year’s event takes place on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, the doors open between 10 am to 6 pm, and people can simply come along and register on the day. More details can be found at www.getuptospeed.org.uk
In 2016 in addition to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car other attractions included Rolls Royce aircraft engines, a whole range of motor vehicles from alternative powered vehicles (Electric BMWi 8, Tesla and ITM Power hydrogen powered vehicles) to Rally and Formula Racing cars (some built by students), a range of hands on simulators, virtual reality experiences, including welding, giant digital Scalextric track (10 X 10 metres), and the fastest blind driver in the world. In addition over 60 companies and training organisations/colleges/universities were present with their apprentices and graduates to give a real feel to jobs and careers in the industry. Oh and there was also a Dalek and free Our Cow Molly Ice Cream!