Engineering a future career

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The Global Manufacturing Festival will get underway in Sheffield tomorrow with an event designed to encourage hundreds of young people to pursue a career in engineering.

More than 1,000 young people, parents and teachers will attend the Get Up To Speed event at Ekspan’s Blue Shed on Brightside Lane.

Schools from Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Chesterfield and the Hope Valley are sending pupils to the event.

They will get 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 will give them the change to see inside a jet engine.

Other attractions include a Formula 1 simulator, the chance to fly a quadcopter, operate a robotic arm and try out the skeleton bobsleigh simulator, developed by Advanced Manufacturing Park-based Bromley Technologies.

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

Meanwhile bankers Barclays are sponsoring the Work-wise Apprentice Shed, which will showcase some of the engineering projects being undertaken by local school, college and university students in addition to providing information about career routes into manufacturing from training providers.

The festival will continue on Thursday with a conference and trade show at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, focusing on key sectors such as aerospace, renewable and civil nuclear energy and medical devices.