Pledging Support for Young People into Engineering

January 24, 2019

Cooper Brown Enterprises Ltd. the parent company of some of Chesterfield’s leading manufacturers, is proud to announce that it is headline sponsor of Get Up To Speed (GUTS) once again.

GUTS is an interactive exhibition that brings together young people and employers from local and regional businesses, to explore some the UK’s best innovations first hand and find out more about the huge opportunities in engineering-related roles.

The annual event is open to pupils, parents and carers and anyone in the teaching profession and takes place on 27th March at the MAGNA Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Cooper Brown Enterprises is the headline sponsor for the third year running and will play an active role in organising the event.

Marie Cooper, Director of Cooper Brown Enterprises Ltd, explains:

“Get Up To Speed is a really important event in the calendar of both young people and engineering firms in this region. We are so proud to be sponsoring the event again as every year it enables this region’s manufacturers to showcase just how valuable, diverse and rewarding roles in our industry can be. GUTS helps to inspire young people by bringing them face to face with engineers and engineering apprentices and to find out more about what a career in this industry is like and what you need to do to get that important first rung on the ladder. We are looking forward to meeting with the thousands of would-be engineers of the future that are due to attend.”

John Barber CEO of the work-wise Foundation and Chair of the GUTS Steering Group, adds:

“In a recent report, 61% of engineering and manufacturing businesses were not confident there will be enough people with the skills required to fill their vacancies, so it is essential that we encourage the next generation to consider a career within the sector. With 1800 attendees already confirmed, this year’s GUTS is set to be bigger and better than ever before and it is only with the support of companies like CBE that we can run this event that inspires the next generation of future engineers.”

Over the past eight years Get up to Speed has attracted over 12,500 attendees, around 80% of whom were young people, families and teachers, and hundreds of companies from across Yorkshire. These included McLaren Automotive, Firth Rixson, Liberty Speciality Steel, Tinsley Bridge, Newburgh Precision, AESSEAL, Rolls Royce and Mazak.

This year’s event will see more than 60 businesses come together to meet with thousands of young people, including pupils from 50 schools across South Yorkshire.

Each year GUTS sees a host of familiar and new science, technology, engineering and manufacturing based attractions from some of the most innovative companies in the UK.

This year’s exhibitions will include a space dome from the National Space Centre, a virtual welding station, giant Scalextric challenge, a moon base demonstrating all the different engineering disciplines involved in space travel and exploration and the ever popular F1 Showcars, to name a few.

In addition many technology, engineering and manufacturing disciplines will be on show from traditional tool manufacturing to medical implants, sports technology, aerospace, rail, construction and the motor industry from the Sheffield manufactured Simplex Car through to McLaren Automotive.

Cooper Brown Enterprises, based in Sheffield, is the parent company of leading manufacturers BG Engineering, NiTEC Ltd. and Pentag Gears. The company aspires to achieve excellence in engineering through investment in the latest technology and also in its people. Across its businesses, CBE employs 85 people and is committed to recruiting and nurturing its talent through training, apprenticeships and mentoring programmes.

To find out more about GUTS and to register to attend, visit

For businesses interested in taking part, visit or contact John Barber on 07500 331400.

Get up to Speed is delivered through The Work-Wise Foundation, an employer inspired and led initiative for engineering, manufacturing, technology and related sectors to support the development of children and young people so they have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and opportunities for employment. For more information, visit