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AESSEAL goes virtual to promote engineering to students during pandemic


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Rotherham manufacturer, AESSEAL, has taken its award-winning student outreach work online to ensure it continues to help bridge the engineering skills gap in South Yorkshire during lockdown.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the Rotherham based mechanical seals manufacturer had to rethink how it engaged with students and enable them to experience working life in a modern engineering company.

Its response is to produce a virtual tour of its state-of-the-art centre and headquarters, where it designs and manufactures mechanical seals, dry gas seals and bearing protectors for industries around the world, using advanced digital technology and machinery.

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In addition to the ten-minute virtual AESSEAL tour, Students interested in STEM subjects and careers can watch other web-based resources to give them an insider view of how mechanical seals are manufactured, including a ‘day-in-the-life’ of engineering professionals from a range of departments. The virtual tour will also feature in the first ever online Get Up to Speed (GUTS) with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event – Get Up to Speed the Virtual Experience – from March 22nd to 26th, 2021.

AESSEAL is a partner of the interactive event, organised by The Work-Wise Foundation, and has donated an additional £14,000 to help Work-Wise create the online platform for GUTS, which in previous years was held at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. AESSEAL® Managing Director Chris Rea will deliver a keynote speech on Betterworld.Solutions and how business leaders can make a difference in helping to save the environment whilst making a return on the investment, at the virtual GUTS event on March 26th. The company also supported the Work-Wise Virtual Summer Academy last year, with AESSEAL® ‘ambassadors’ sharing first-hand experience of life as an engineering professional.

AESSEAL has a long history of promoting engineering as a profession which young people can aspire to. In a typical year pre-lockdown it engaged with around 4,000 students, through visits from and to schools, hosting recruitment days with a strong focus on attracting women into engineering, and supporting a range of STEM events in the region.

Stephen Shaw, Engineering Director at AESSEAL, said: “AESSEAL reaches out to students from Year 6 primary schools upwards in our efforts to show young people that engineering is a profession to aspire to and progress in. This work is vital to help bridge the skills gap in the region so we were determined that lockdown wouldn’t bring it to a halt. We’ve been working closely with schools to provide them with online resources and we’ve been glad to continue our long-standing support for work-wise in the virtual environment.

“Young people live in a digital age so we’re confident that they’ll enjoy and benefit from our online guided tour and resources until we can throw open our ‘real-life’ doors to them again.”

The AESSEAL virtual tour can be found here.


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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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