With just a week to go to the region’s largest employer inspired science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and construction careers event, Get up to Speed with STEM, the organisers are expecting a record turnout. With 90 exhibitors from Sheffield City Region and beyond set to inspire youngsters (aged 8 to 25) from 68 schools (over 2,500 young people) many local but some travelling from as far afield as Newcastle and Leicester.   

As well as extending the reach geographically the event this year has encompassed some new sectors and activities. For the first time it will include a Construction Zone sponsored by Go Construct and the CITB showcasing the varied careers and skills required in the sector with demonstrations on everything from traditional stone masonry to building design and acoustics. With exhibitors including the likes of Henry Boot, Horbury Group, Mears Group, Horbury Group and Woodhead Group

For the first time the event will also host the finals of the Gulliver’s Wonderful World challenge where 5 primary schools from Rotherham will compete to see who has the best ideas for their new theme park. Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park and Resort is an exciting and inspiring addition to the Rotherham landscape playing a significant part in the regeneration plans for the borough and wider city region. It will impact positively on the local and regional economy. Boosting investment, creating employment, growing tourism and raising profile. With this investment comes a desire by Gulliver’s to play a wider part in the local community to maximise impact, become a good neighbour and support the wider transformation of the borough and its residents.

Another first is the introduction of presentations by young employees telling the story of their journey from education into employment and their successes to date, hopefully inspiring others that they too can succeed. “My Job, My Journey” speakers include those who have come the apprentice route and others the university route, including Dr Rahul Mandal who works as a research associate at the University of Sheffield Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and is the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2018. As an avid volunteer STEM ambassador, Rahul regularly works with young people to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths-based (STEM) subjects. “If you can do baking, you can do science and engineering and if you’re doing engineering, then you can bake,” he says.

If that wasn’t enough then there are a range of local and national employers involved including headline Sponsors Liberty Speciality Steels, AESSEAL plc and Cooper Brown Enterprises plus many others including Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Orchid Orthopaedic Solutions and Doncasters Bramah. Plus many hands on attractions from F1 Racing Car Simulators to Virtual Reality technologies and a Space Dome. The event takes place at Magna Science adventure Centre on Wednesday 27th March and is open to schools, families and young people (from 8 to 25). The morning is now fully booked but places are still available in the afternoon so to attend simply register HERE to reserve your places.