Budding engineering talent celebrated at Oxfordshire state schools

Yesterday, we had the privilege of hosting the annual High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards 2024.

The ceremony is held to celebrate Oxfordshire’s future engineering talent. State schools across the county were invited to nominate students aged 12-18 across three age categories: Years 12 & 13, Years 10 & 11 and Years 8 & 9. The awards are in their 13th year and are sponsored by Lucy Group, Engineering Trust Training and Abingdon and Witney College.

High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards 2024

Prizes included £400 for the winning student in each category and £1,000 for the students’ respective school or college. There were also runner-up prizes in each category, a Team Award and an overall High Sheriff Award.

The judging panel comprised Richard Dick, James Macnamara (High Sheriff of Oxfordshire), Andy Linfoot (Engineering Director, Lucy Electric) and Mark Vingoe (CEO, The Engineering Trust). The judging panel reviewed an impressive calibre of entries this year, highlighting students who not only work hard but show great promise in the fields of Engineering, Resistant Materials, and Design Technology.

Richard Dick, Executive Chairman at Lucy Group and founder of the Oxfordshire High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards, said: ““The immense talent and enthusiasm on show this year is truly inspiring and gives me every reason to be optimistic about the future of engineering and manufacturing in the UK.  These students are not just tomorrow’s apprentices and graduates, they represent a future generation of innovators and leaders who will be vitally important to the economic prosperity of our nation and the sustainability of our planet.”

Mark Vingoe of The Engineering Trust added: “Each year the High Sheriff Young Engineer Awards showcases young people with an intrinsic interest and enthusiasm for Engineering. We train hundreds of apprentices each year across the breadth of the engineering and manufacturing sector and the finalists, as well as all those who entered the competition, are the future of our industry. Employers would be lucky to have any of them join their workforce.”

You can view our LinkedIn post summarising the event here.

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