Get up to Speed for Education

This annual event is designed for young people, their families and teachers to see some of the UK's best innovations first hand, hear from and talk to those involved in their success and learn about the future of the sector and its evolution through technology.

Get up to Speed for Businesses

Get up to Speed gives businesses the opportunity to showcase their business whilst helping to address the skills gap in engineering, giving something back to the community. Business events throughout the day give the opportunity to network with the sector and promote your company, whilst over 2000 visitors give the opportunity to look for your apprentices and workers of the future.

The past years' events have been a chance for visitors to see some of the fastest vehicles, innovations and people on earth all in one place.

Attendees got to learn about how their success has been achieved and the fundamental role design, engineering and manufacturing have played in that success. You'll be surprised just how many of these couldn't have happened without innovation, design, engineering and manufacturing talent and resources based in the Sheffield City Region.

Get Up to Speed Background

Get up to Speed has now been attended by over 8500 people in the past 6 years, around 80% of whom were young people, families and teachers. Companies and apprentices were also out in force sharing information on their businesses and career stories. These included Firth Rixson Ltd, Tata Speciality Steel, William Beckett Plastics, Tinsley Bridge, Newburgh Engineering, Kostal, Davy Markham, AESSEAL, Gripple, Chesterfield Special Cylinders, Siemens VAI, Rolls Royce and JRI Orthopaedics.

Attractions and interactive learning activities have included, Bloodhound SSC, Vestas World Record Sail Rocket, Quicksilver, Marussia F1 Car and Simulator, Vulcan to The Sky, AMRC Mantra Vehicle, British Triathlon Team, Virtual Education Experience (PES), WMG World First F3 Car plus many more.

There was also the chance to try your hand at a range of activities; including racing in the Formula 1 simulator, flying quadcopters, using a kinesis controlled robotic arm, scaring yourself on the skeleton bobsleigh simulator (as seen on BBC's Question of Sport) and learning more about how design and engineering play a part in many different aspects of life from food manufacturing to football, plus much more...

Here's what some of the visitors had to say:

"Our Students really enjoyed the event; it gave a lot of food for thought and has stimulated a lot of questions. Thanks for all your hard work put us on the list for next year please!"

Secondary School Teacher, Sheffield

"Really interesting, useful and full of opportunities. The enthusiasm of the young apprentices and graduate trainees was quite infectious. I will be recommending this event to students and colleagues"

Careers Adviser, College

"I attended the event last year with my son who on the day networked with different companies offering apprenticeships, we found it a very positive experience my son is now in his seventh month as an apprentice at Sheffield Forgemasters"


"Great event, great organisation and logistics with an awesome result! It was fantastic to be a part of such an inspiring day, thanks for sharing the experience with us and well done to you and all your team and the external team who supported you. Can't wait for next year!"

Alison Bettac - Group HR/HSE Director, Firth Rixson, UK/Europe & one of the Event sponsors