Engineering is ‘kicking’ at GUTS

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Drones, robots and a full-size aircraft will be stars of a hands-on show that aims to prove engineering is alive and kicking in South Yorkshire.

Get Up To Speed, next Wednesday, April 22, is to be staged at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham for the first time and the extra space means there is room for the ‘Spirit of Goole’ biplane which is being built by students at Robin Hood Airport.

The airport is one of 40 companies who will be showcasing hi-tech equipment to more than 1,250 young people aged 10 to 25 - in a bid to plug the skills gap.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Tata Steel are 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, tell them about the wide variety of careers available and help to create a new wave of engineering talent that will go some way to plugging the skills gaps we face.”

GUTS is organised by the Sheffield-based Work-Wise Foundation and is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire. In previous years it was held at structural steel firm Ekspan in Attercliffe.

Attractions this year include a Formula One car, superbike, downhill sled and canoe simulators.

To attend or exhibit contact John Barber, e-mail or go to