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Young inventors engineer their future

Published on: 27/04/2016 (12:00AM)

Mim Shortlisted

Two budding engineers from Central College Nottingham have been shortlisted in the annual Made in the Midlands (MIM) awards with their inventive engineering projects. Brightson Xaviour Kalavilasam and Joseph Fitch will now go on to the MIM awards event in October for a chance to win the Young Inventors award.

The Young Inventors Award will be presented at the Made in the Midlands awards event in October, and celebrates the creative flair of the next generation of engineers.

The Young Inventor is chosen through a series of panelled presentations in colleges across the Midlands. At these events, students aged 16-19 have the chance to present a project they have been working on at college. The judges (manufacturing Managing Directors from industry) then provide constructive feedback.

Each student is on the BTEC Diploma in Engineering at Central and they were judged on innovation, originality and design.

Five students from Central took part:

  • Maxwell Leech (Max)
  • Brightson Xaviour Kalavilasam (Bright)
  • Jalil Mohammed Zadeh (Jalil)
  • Joseph Fitch (Joe)
  • Bashir Elier (Bash)

In the end the judges whittled it down to the two finalists - Brightson and Joseph will now go on to the MIM awards event in October for a chance to win the Young Inventors award. They both impressed the judges with their robotic vehicles.

Made In The Midlands is a peer group for MDs and CEOs of Manufacturing and Engineering firms in the Midlands, which runs the Young Inventors programme to encourage and celebrate the creative flair of the next generation of engineers.

The scheme, through face-to-face judging and networking, encourages collaboration and investment in young people and most importantly, provides a platform for students to show off their potential to real employers.

We are very proud of the calibre of the students on the full-time BTEC Diploma in Engineering, as they work hard and achieve really good results. We are sure that they all have a bright future ahead of them.

- John Wright, Engineering Lecturer, supported the students in preparing for the competition

To find out more about Engineering courses or apprenticeships at Central College Nottingham call 0115 914 6414.