Event aims to inspire engineers of future

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Hundreds of young people will soon head to an event in Sheffield aimed at inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and engineers.

Get up to Speed will be held at the Ekspan site on Brightside Lane, Attercliffe, on Tuesday.

Visitors will get the chance to see the world’s first racing car made entirely from sustainable and renewable materials, Formula 1 and luge simulators and flying quadcopters. There will also be the chance to meet Paralympic cycling gold medallist Mark Colbourne and have a picture taken with football’s Premier League trophy.

Leading local engineering and manufacturing businesses are exhibiting at the event and will be explaining career opportunities within their companies.

Financial giant Barclays is sponsoring the Work-wise Apprentice Shed, which will showcase the work of young people in addition to providing information about career routes into manufacturing from training providers.

TATA Steel, Ekspan, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Creative Sheffield are sponsoring the event.

The free event will take place 10am-5.30pm and is open to young people, families, schools and the public.