14 March 2011
Corporate News
Tata Steel sponsors skills event at major manufacturing festival

Tata Steel is this week sponsoring a skills event as part of a major manufacturing and engineering festival, the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield.

Tata Steel is sponsoring the ‘Get up to Speed’ engineering and manufacturing showcase event in Sheffield on Thursday, March 17 where families, young people and teachers will learn about the exciting career opportunities in such an important sector and hear from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Some of the fastest vehicles and people on earth will also be there, including record breaker Richard Noble OBE from the Bloodhound Project - the ultimate land speed record car, the Women’s Bobsleigh World Champion Nicola Minichiello and the Marussia Virgin Formula 1 car.

Mick Hood, HR manager for Tata Steel Speciality, said: “We are sponsoring the ‘Get up to Speed’ event to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and showcase the expertise in the South Yorkshire region. Our current apprentices will be available to talk to families and young people who may be interested in an exciting career in the manufacturing and engineering industry.

“We have had a tremendous response so far from people interesting in becoming a Tata Steel apprentice. But we thought it was only fair to extend the deadline for applications until after the ‘Get up to Speed’ event. The original March 12 deadline has now been extended by a week.

“Engineers and technologists are critical to modern life but with the number of students choosing to study these subjects dwindling, it's vital we do everything we can to enthuse and inspire young people through events like this. The Get up to Speed event focuses on innovation, manufacturing and engineering excellence which are all critical to Tata Steel.

'Our products have extremely high technical and chemical specifications and are used in everything from the landing gear of the largest and most advanced aircraft to drilling components used deep in the ocean floor.”

Anyone interested in applying to become a Tata Steel apprentice in South Yorkshire should visit www.tatasteelfutures.com.

For more information about the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, visit www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com

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For further information, please call Rob Simpson on Tel. +44 (0)1724 405969 or email rob.simpson@tatasteel.com

About Tata Steel in Europe

The European operations of Tata Steel (formerly known as Corus) comprise Europe's second largest steel producer. With main steelmaking operations in the UK and the Netherlands, they supply steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, material handling and other demanding markets worldwide.

Tata Steel is one of the world’s top ten steel producers. The combined group has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.

About Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield

The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, 14th March 2011 - 24th March 2011, in association with the Financial Times, The Manufacturer and EEF, will reaffirm the UK's position as a global leader in advanced engineering and manufacturing innovation. The Festival will comprise of a series of focused events, exhibitions, conferences and workshops, with leading global representatives from the world of manufacturing, engineering, politics and education.

With manufacturing taking a lead on the national agenda, particularly in terms of economic growth  and skills, the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield will highlight opportunities for development and investment, and aims to inspire the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent by bridging the gap between education and business.

The headline sponsors of the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield are Nabarro LLP and Firth Rixson.

Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield is being led by Square 5 Ltd in partnership with  Creativesheffield and Business & Education South Yorkshire.

For further information and to see the latest programme, please visit www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com.  

For media enquires about the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield, please contact Hannah Brailey at Creativesheffield on 0114 223 2345 / 07855 049 346 or email hannah.brailey@creativesheffield.co.uk.

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