40 firms in pole position for Get Up To Speed 2015

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore at Get Up To Speed 2014
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore at Get Up To Speed 2014
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A mind-controlled drone, single-seat racing cars and the DeLorean time travelling car from ‘Back to the Future’ will be redlining the excitement at the fifth Get Up To Speed event in Sheffield.

More than 40 companies will be showing their sparkliest kit to more than 1,250 young people at Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Driven by the region’s employers, GUTS is a highly interactive event showcasing manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors to school children, students, parents and educators - to try to close the skills gap.

President Engineering Group will be exhibiting for the first time this year. Finance director Marie Cooper said: “For us, getting involved is important – changing perceptions of the industry and developing the skills and expertise for the future.

“Engineering and manufacturing has been, and probably still is to some degree, widely seen as a dirty environment and has certainly not been a favoured career option for many since the decline over 20 years ago.

“However technology has changed and advanced manufacturing is evolving – and businesses, particularly in Sheffield, are working to educate the younger generation.

“Five years ago we had a problem finding skilled people. For now we have minimised the impact by working with apprentices.

“We have a structured programme in house and it is rewarding to see them develop and make a difference in the business.”

GUTS is on Wednesdy, April 22. Contact John Barber: john@work-wise.co.uk or http://www.getuptospeed.org.uk/