The college engineering team, who are currently South East region Young Engineers of the Year for their project Improving coagulation and flocculation in wastewater treatment, were recently nominated for a gold-level UK Industrial Cadets Award.
Industrial Cadets is a national industry-led accreditation designed to enhance experiences and create further opportunities for young people. The awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of emerging young talent in the UK and are an opportunity to recognise exceptional partnerships with employers, educators and sponsors for their on-going support.
Our team of Bella S, George R, Matthieu B and Olivia H, who are sponsored by Southern Water, were amongst four teams of shortlisted finalists. They were narrowly beaten by a team from South & City College in Birmingham, who were sponsored by Network Rail.
“ We were blown away by the candidates for this year’s awards. As always, it’s been a pleasure to celebrate young people’s talent as well as shine a light on the partners, schools and sponsors who are working tirelessly to broaden engagement between young people and the industry. There’s nothing better than seeing so many young people engaged with opportunities and careers in STEM. Equally, it’s encouraging to see the range of opportunities available to these young people thanks to partners, schools and sponsors. There is still a long way to go when it comes to inspiring young people to consider a career in STEM, but this year’s awards ceremony proves that we have certainly started to make waves in this area ” Julie Feest, Chief Executive of EDT (Engineering Development Trust)