1,400 pupils Get Up To Speed with manufacturing

Fast boat: Quicksilver pilot Nigel Macknight with Forge Valley School pupils Josh Rogers and Gabriel Lowrey, both aged 13, at the Global Manufacturing Festival Get Up To Speed event.
Fast boat: Quicksilver pilot Nigel Macknight with Forge Valley School pupils Josh Rogers and Gabriel Lowrey, both aged 13, at the Global Manufacturing Festival Get Up To Speed event.
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Around 1,400 pupils from 35 schools across the Sheffield City Region, their parents and their teachers, have had a chance to get an insight into the exciting and well-paid careers on offer in manufacturing, thanks to the Global Manufacturing Festival.

The ‘Get up to Speed’ event was organised by Business & Education South Yorkshire and staged at engineering firm Ekspan’s Blue Shed off Brightside Lane.

Pupils got the chance to see World Water Speed Record Challenge Boat Quicksilver, a Marussia Formula 1 showcar and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s MANTRA mobile exhibition centre, complete with a 3D Virtual Reality Centre that gave them the chance to see inside a virtual Jet engine.

Other attractions included a Formula 1 simulator, the chance to fly a quadcopter, made using a rapid prototyping 3D printer, and to control robots developed by the educational arm of pneumatic and electrical automation control technology specialist Festo.

The event also included the launch of a new drive to help 14 to 16 year olds from South Yorkshire to get ready for the world of work.

The Employability Summer Camp is the brainchild of the Work-Wise initiative and is being run by Business & Education South Yorkshire. It will offer two week, structured work placements at manufacturers across the region for up to 200 youngsters during the summer holidays.

Business & Education South Yorkshire’s John Barber said: It was a great platform to launch the work-wise summer camp which was also mentioned at the Lloyds Bank Dinner and also by Andreas Kostal, president of global manufacturer Kostal, who was the keynote speaker at the MiS Dinner.

“As a result we have already had a number of additional companies committing to offer places and some financial donations to the work-wise foundation as well as our first registrations for the 200 places from students and parents.

Leading companies that have offered to take youngsters include South Yorkshire’s most profitable manufacturer, AESSEAL, advanced manufacturing business Newburgh Engineering, cutlery and giftware company Chimo Holdings, suspension and machine knife manufacturer Tinsley Bridge and drainage and concrete products specialist Naylor Industries.