Careers firm to return to Rotherham

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A careers fair aimed at getting young people into engineering, manufacturing or technology is to be held in Rotherham for a third year.

The Get Up to Speed event, which has been backed by firms including Tata Steel and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, attracted nearly 2,000 people when it was held at Magna in April.

Now organisers have revealed they plan to come back to the Rotherham venue in 2016 and have more than 300 students already booked to come.

The event, the biggest of its kind in Yorkshire, is supported by both Rotherham and Sheffield councils and organised by Sheffield-based charity the Work-wise Foundation.

It was first run in 2011, moving to Magna - a former steelworks converted into a leisure venue - this year.

John Barber, of the Work-wise Foundation, said: “Magna turned out to be the perfect venue for this event.

“The building is steeped in industrial history. I can’t think of a better place to host an event that is all about encouraging young people to think about a career in manufacturing, engineering or technology.”