Year in Industry student in final for Business Award
We are delighted that Ed Wickens, our Year in Industry student since September 2012, has won through to the final of the 2013 Year in Industry’s Contribution to the Business Awards after beating off stiff competition in the South East’s Regional Final.
To progress to the final, Ed presented his project in which he designed and developed a ‘mistake proof’ tool for inserting magnets into designer 3D printed glasses made by 3T. His new tool has the potential to save the company a six figure sum as it not only reduces the time an operator takes to complete the task, but also reduces the opportunity for mistakes to occur during the procedure, and therefore reduces wastage.
The Year in Industry (YinI) scheme is run by education charity, EDT, which has the objective of inspiring future engineers and scientists, and is the UK’s largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth.
3T has taken part in the YinI scheme for a number of years. The scheme connects students who are interested in gaining a year’s experience in industry prior to going to university, with employers who employ the students. The sponsoring company gains a talented, dedicated employee who can help to drive their business forward. The students gain invaluable experience in a commercial environment.
Ed presented his money saving project to a panel of judges in front of an audience and won, not only the judges’ prize but also “the audience prize”, as his presentation was voted the top project by those seated in the auditorium.
Ed now moves forward to the National Final which will take place on 19 September 2013 at The Royal Academy of Engineering in London. The event will be hosted by YinI alumni Steph McGovern, now BBC Breakfast Business presenter. Kate Hall, Director ARUP will also be joining the event as a Keynote Speaker to share her thoughts on the importance of investing in young people. This year’s winner will also, for the first time, go forward to participate in the EEF National Manufacturing Student of the Year Award. The overall UK winner will receive £1,000 prize money.
Ian Halliday, 3T’s CEO, said: “Ed is a very talented young engineer and has done an excellent job at 3T over the last year. His win is well deserved and just hints at what he will achieve in the future. As a growing UK manufacturing company, we need a constant stream of highly motivated and talented staff to join our team. The shortage of skilled and experienced engineers is limiting the growth of UK manufacturing, which is critical to our nation. By participating in the YinI scheme, we are not only benefitting from the input of excellent young engineers but also helping to develop the skills needed to support UK manufacturing. I would strongly encourage other manufacturers to follow our example.”
3T is continuing to support the Year in Industry programme with two YinI students joining in September 2013. For further information on Year in Industry, visit their website.
Check back here in September to see how Ed gets on at the National Final.