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Global Manufacturing Festival Partners with National Science and Engineering Week

posted 1 Mar 2011, 01:39 by RiDO Rotherham
The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, 14th – 24th March 2011, has announced a link up with National Science and Engineering Week where manufacturing companies across the region will be opening their doors to young people in an effort to inspire and nurture the UK’s next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. 

25 companies, including Rollem, DavyMarkham, Sheffield Forgemasters, Ancon, Firth Rixson, MTL Group, Tata, Newburgh Engineering, Siemens VAI and Joint Replacement Instrumentation, will kindly invite groups of young people to experience the opportunities which are available within the industry first hand and learn about the exciting prospects that a career in manufacturing and engineering can bring. This activity is sponsored by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The Reverend Dr Richard Walton, reader in education at Sheffield Hallam University and Director of STEMPOINT, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Global Manufacturing Festival will be forming a significant part of National Science and Engineering Week activities. This shows the important link that has been established between industry and education in the Sheffield region and acknowledges how science and engineering can help create the manufacturers of the future.”

National Science and Engineering Week is organised by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with local schools, museums, industry and commerce and is a national celebration of the very best in British research and innovation. The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield is organised by Square 5 in partnership with Creativesheffield and Business and Education South Yorkshire, and is sponsored by Firth Rixson and Nabarro LLP. 

Stuart Murphy, Managing Director at Rollem, added: “It’s great to see such a diverse selection of organisations joining forces to take part in this and I urge schools to take advantage of the opportunity. This is a fantastic chance for young people to get a real taste of the industry and I hope that the open days are an inspiration.”

Industry visits are also an integral part of work-wise – a unique, highly successful, employer led and locally developed programme aimed at preparing young people with the essential skills for employment in manufacturing and engineering. 

Moreover, South Yorkshire will also have a strong presence at The Big Bang - the UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair held at London's ExCel on 10-12 March 2011. Maltby, Wisewood, 

Hansworth Grange and Tapton schools are all finalists in the National Science & Engineering Competition.

If you are interested in attending one of the open days, please contact Ann Jameson ( or Debbie Wheeler (