Last year Liam Dawson was a school visitor to GUTS - this year he was manning a stand for Tata Steel.
The 18-year-old first attended as a sixth former at King Ecgbert school in Dore taking ‘A’ levels.
And what he saw convinced him engineering was the career for him.
He left school and started a three-year machining apprenticeship and is currently on a six-month course at the AMRC Training Centre in Rotherham.
He started earning a wage in September - but still plans to continue into higher education.
He said: “Coming to GUTS last year confirmed I had made the right decision. I did work experience at an architects and I was originally going to study engineering at university.
“When I saw I wasn’t going to get the grades I remembered the talk we’d had at school about the AMRC Training Centre and apprenticeships which could still lead to a degree.
“Academically I’m going to aim as high as I can. Being in work has inspired me to try harder, I’ve got something real to push for.
“GUTS last year helped reassure me I had made a good choice, I think it’s a really good event.”
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Tata Steel were headline sponsors.
IMechE Yorkshire chairman Steve Wainwright said: “We have a proud manufacturing heritage in the Yorkshire region and still lead the world in many areas of manufacturing and engineering technology.
“Get Up To Speed will re-assure young people that manufacturing is alive and kicking in the region.”