Three budding engineers from Central College Nottingham have reached the final of the annual Made in the Midlands (MIM) awards with their inventive engineering projects. The finalists are Chris Cahill, Matthew Smith and Bailey Parker-Shand, and the three will now wait to find out if one of them will win the overall Young Inventor Award at the MIM Awards on 22 October at the historical IET Building in Birmingham.
All three students completed a BTEC Diploma in Engineering at Central College’s Highfields Centre this year, and their projects included a robotic vehicle, a safety device for use with a child car seat and a new take on a BMX sprocket.
Six inspiring Engineering students from Central presented their individual college projects to a panel of Managing Directors from Made in the Midlands member manufacturing & engineering businesses. They were then whittled down to three finalists.
QTS Ltd is a wire racking company that has recently reshored its manufacturing plant to the Nottinghamshire area. Managing Director, Shaun Ingram, was one of the judges.
“This event has given me a good insight into what local colleges are teaching their students for a job in the manufacturing and engineering industry. It has proven to be a fantastic experience and, as an organisation has encouraged me to work closer with local colleges in the area.”
Made In The Midlands has been running its Young Inventors program for the last four years as a way of addressing one of the biggest issues in the manufacturing community: an ageing workforce and lack of interest of young people in the sector.
Chief Operating Officer of Made In The Midlands, Charles Addison, said:
“The Young Inventor Award is arguably one of the most important projects we run at Made In The Midlands. Over the last few decades, manufacturing and engineering has suffered and it has deterred subsequent generations not to get involved in a career making things. However, in recent years, as we have seen signs of engineering bouncing back and we are now entering a new age of engineering, full of variety - led by quality and design not cutting prices. To keep this going we need to encourage our students to come back, and to bring their bright minds with them!”
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