Engineers open doors for festival

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Twenty-five companies from across the Sheffield region are opening their doors to give young people an opportunity to experience manufacturing at first hand.

The initiative follows a link up between The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield and National Science and Engineering Week, which is run in this region by Sheffield’s two universities.

The Rev Dr Richard Walton, reader in education at Sheffield Hallam University, said he was delighted by the link between the two events, which are running this week.

“This shows the important link that has been established between industry and education in the Sheffield region and acknowledges how science and engineering can help create the manufacturers of the future,” said Dr Walton.

Stuart Murphy, managing director of printing industry machine maker Rollem, one of the companies which is opening its doors to young people, said: “It’s great to see such a diverse selection of organisations joining forces to take part in this and I urge schools to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This is a fantastic chance for young people to get a real taste of the industry and I hope that the open days are an inspiration.”

Other companies opening their doors include DavyMarkham, Sheffield Forgemasters, Ancon, Firth Rixson, MTL Group, Tata, Newburgh Engineering, Siemens VAI and Joint Replacement Instrumentation.

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire schools will have a strong presence at The Big Bang – the UK Young Scientists’ and Engineers’ Fair held at London’s ExCel while the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield is taking place.

Maltby, Wisewood, Hansworth Grange and Tapton schools are all finalists in the National Science & Engineering Competition which reaches its conclusion at the Fair, the UK’s biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people.