Parker Bestobell, a cryogenic valve manufacturer and subsidiary of the Parker Hannifin Corporation, has been involved in a mentoring project with Bradfield School in Sheffield, UK, aimed to inspire budding engineers.

The UK-based outfit was one of the exhibitors at the ‘Get up to Speed’ (GUTS) event, which was held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, on 20th April. Around 2,000 children from over 40 schools attended, with over 50 businesses demonstrating from across the area.

Parker’s stand challenged pupils to assemble a valve in the quickest time possible, with the champion winning an Amazon Fire HD tablet, as well as designing a factory floor cleaning station and building a Heijunka – an organiser in which work dockets can be stored in the facity.

The GUTS challenge is such a fantastic way for young people to gain hands-on experience of designing and manufacturing a product from start to finish

Marie Cooper, Cutlers Ambassador and Plant Manager at Parker Bestobell in Sheffield, enthused, “The GUTS challenge is such a fantastic way for young people to gain hands-on experience of designing and manufacturing a product from start to finish.”

“This is the second time we have been involved in the GUTS challenge and, just like last year, we have been very impressed with the hard work and innovation shown by these budding young engineers. There was a really high standard at this year’s competition and the whole project is about inspiring young people about the many different career roles in engineering business.”

The GUTS event is organised by the work-wise foundation, which aims to inspire young people about the opportunities in engineering.