Get Up To Speed

Apprentices showcase best of AMRC Training Centre at MAGNA's 'Get Up To Speed' event

Apprentices from the AMRC Training Centre attended the ‘Get Up To Speed’ event at Rotherham's MAGNA exhibition space to speak to over 2000 students from all over the local region about what life is like as an engineering apprentice.

The annual event run by local charity the Work-Wise Foundation, encourages the regions young students to consider studying and possible careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and what exiting opportunities this could open up for them.

A number of educational and employment providers were on hand during the day with interactive exhibits and there was also a chance for the students to get up close to the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car.

The AMRC Training Centre took some of their interactive displays along to the event such as their Lincoln Electric Virtual Welder and CNC simulator for apprentices to assist visitors in having a go at being an engineer.

AMRC Trainers were also on hand to answer questions about the different engineering apprenticeships that are offered and took 20 expressions of interest from students interested in taking up an apprenticeship in September 2016.

The event hosted the final of the Made in Sheffield Innovation Competition run by the Work-Wise Foundation. Designed to encourage students to get involved with engineering, local manufacturing companies give a local school a real manufacturing project. The students then have to work with the business to create a working design, which is assessed by a panel of judges from the local business community.

Mexborough Academy were set their challenge by Cooper & Turner and gained a place in the final due to their CAD and 3D printed designs for a pair of in-ear earbuds. AMRC apprentices worked with the students from Mexborough during their to provide technical support when creating their designs.

The AMRC worked closely with Mexborough Academy to make sure their project was fully customisable, ensuring Mexborough Academy could use the project for teaching in the future even after the competition closed.

AMRC Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, Wendy Miller, said: “The judges of the Work-Wise competition were very impressed with the skills the Mexborough students had gained thanks to engaging with the project.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for our current apprentices to further their skills and assist the Mexborough students with their technical abilities."

Wendy also said it was great to see former AMRC apprentices at the event, now also helping out on their employers stands such as Chesterfield Cylinders, Pegler and Tata Steel: "These young people were the ones attending the event 3 years ago, it's so satisfying to see them progress and becoming brilliant STEM ambassadors, having the confidence to be engaging with other young people about the opportunities they will gain from a career in engineering."

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