The winners of 2018’s High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Young Engineer Awards were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 27 June, at Lucy Electric‘s offices in Thame . The awards were presented by the current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Richard Venables.
Since 2009, the High Sheriff’s Young Engineer Awards have been celebrating the engineering talent of Oxfordshire’s young people by encouraging and recognising the technical skills and achievements throughout the county’s schools, colleges and workplaces.
Originally introduced by the then High Sheriff Richard Dick, Chairman of the Lucy Group of which Lucy Electric is a part, the awards are designed to inspire and reward the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers, encouraging them to consider a career in engineering.
University Technical College (UTC) Oxfordshire scored big with four wins out of the five categories. UTC students won in the Best Student aged 14 – 16 (Alisha Budziszewski), Best Student 16 – 18 (Ryan Donnelly), and Most Improved Student categories for both 14 – 16 (Arley Watson-Pill) and 16 – 18 (David Tillin).
Alisha said, “I am very pleased to have won and be recognised for this award, it means a lot to me. The support that I have got from my teachers at UTC Oxfordshire has been amazing. I decided to study at the UTC because I wanted to try something different and challenge myself. There is a big need for people to study engineering, especially girls.”
Ryan said, “I am delighted with the win, I wasn’t expecting it as I was the youngest person who was nominated, so it was a bit of a shock, but I am so pleased.”
Arley said: “I am really happy to win this award, it is a really great reward for all of the hard work that I have put in over the last few years, so I am delighted to be recognised for this.”
David said, “I am delighted to win this award and be recognised for my hard work and efforts in engineering. UTC Oxfordshire has given me so many amazing opportunities and the facilities are first class. I would recommend anyone interested in engineering to study at the UTC”.
Stuart Askew, the engineering teacher at UTC Oxfordshire remarked, “I am delighted that the hard work that students have put in throughout the year has been rewarded. I am really proud of them.”
The final award for Best Apprentice aged 16 – 18 was taken home by Lewis Burke, who is working at the University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science.
Lewis has been attending ATG Training in Aylesbury since October 2017 studying Mechanics Standards at BTEC Level 2. He started his apprenticeship with the Department of Engineering Science in September. Getting to and from work is a challenge for Lewis, and he showed great commitment by staying at a guest house during the week to enable him to concentrate on his studies.
Young Engineer Awards sponsor Lucy Electric is a leader in power distribution solutions with over 100 years’ industry experience. Based in Thame, Lucy Electric also has offices worldwide. Lucy Electric operates as a subsidiary of W Lucy & Co. Ltd, a private organisation founded in 1897, which employs more than 1,000 people and has an annual turnover of around £150 million today. To find out more about the work of the W Lucy Group head to www.lucygroup.com
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