Matthew Neville

New culture and leisure careers event coming to South Yorkshire

A new culture and leisure themed careers and networking event, which aims to inspire young people to take an interest in working in the industries, is coming to South Yorkshire.

Get up to Speed with Culture & Leisure is taking place at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham on June 8. The event will see some of Yorkshire’s leading leisure, culture, creativity, tourism, hospitality, and sport-related businesses coming together to demonstrate the career opportunities they offer.

The event, which is free to attend, is organised by The Work-Wise Foundation and Magna Science Adventure Centre, the team behind Get up to Speed with STEM; Yorkshire’s largest annual employer-inspired science, technology, engineering, manufacturing (STEM) and construction showcase for young people.

This is part of a series of events taking place in the run up to Rotherham becoming the Children’s Capital of Culture (CCoC) in 2025. The organisers are supported by eight Trainee Creative Producers who are helping to design and deliver the event as part of a six-month work placement programme.

John Barber, CEO of The Work-wise Foundation and Chair of the Get up to Speed Committee, comments: “When Rotherham launched the drive to become the Children’s Capital of Culture, we wanted to offer our support.

“We have always looked at ways that we can expand Get up to Speed to reach more young people with an interest in industries beyond STEM, so launching a new event that can coincide with the campaign seemed like the perfect fit.

“Working with the Trainee Creative Producers and helping them on their journey into careers in the sector is a bonus. What better than young people shaping and creating an event for other young people! The early positive response from both attendees and businesses wanting to be involved is really exciting and encouraging.”

Open to schools, young people aged 8-25, and their families to attend, Get up to Speed with Culture & Leisure will feature a host of hands-on exhibitions and interactive workshops, run by local businesses, creatives, organisations and institutions.

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