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Keeping young people informed about careers in engineering

02 March 2011

Some 150 young people from schools in South Yorkshire will be given the opportunity to find out more about educational qualifications and careers in engineering at a special event held at Sheffield Hallam University, which is being supported by NAMTEC (the National Metals Technology Centre) and the Industrial Trust. The event, which is being held on March 16, will include a talk by engineer and former Tomorrow’s World TV presenter Kate Bellingham.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a ‘speed networking’ session, where they can engage with engineers working for companies within the South Yorkshire region. Businesses involved include Tata Steel, Gripple, Newburgh Engineering, Sheffield Forgemasters, Bridon Ropes, JRI, Brinsworth Training and the IMechE.
The event will also feature informative presentations on the different pathways into engineering, where students will have the chance to meet university staff to discuss the educational routes into industry.  A range of engineering workshops throughout the day will also highlight advanced technologies within Sheffield Hallam University that aim to increase understanding and inspire students to pursue engineering related courses. 
Dr Alan Partridge, chief executive of NAMTEC, said: “Now more than ever it is vitally important that UK manufacturing and engineering businesses can recruit the right calibre of young engineers.  We are therefore delighted to be involved in an event that promotes engineering as a career with huge opportunities for young people and which will support them in making informed choices for their future.” 
This is the second event with which NAMTEC is involved that form part of the Sheffield Region’s Global Manufacturing Festival.  NAMTEC is also hosting an event for advanced engineering and materials businesses on 16th March in Doncaster, which highlights the future supply chain opportunities for in the aerospace, defence, oil and gas and power generation sectors.
Alan Partridge adds: “We are proud to be associated with the Global Manufacturing Festival and to be part of showcasing what this region has to offer in terms of world class manufacturing and engineering on a national and international level.”
The Sheffield region’s ‘Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield’ is designed to reaffirm the UK’s position as a world leader in advanced engineering and manufacturing innovation through a series of exhibitions, conferences and workshops throughout March.  

One of these, a conference highlighting future supply chain opportunities for advanced engineering and materials businesses in the aerospace, defence, oil and gas and power generation sectors, is also taking place on March 16 at Castle Park in Doncaster.

The full day event is entitled ‘A Balanced Portfolio: Future Opportunities and Challenges across the Advanced Engineering and Materials Sector’.  It has been organised by AEM Yorkshire and will focus on specific opportunities for companies who are looking to become part of the supply chain in these potentially lucrative sectors. AEM Yorkshire is managed by NAMTEC and delivers an integrated programme of business support to regional companies, as well as enabling collaboration between like-minded businesses and research organisations.

For further information about these events click here.

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