Scottish Young Engineers Wow Judges at Year in Industry Industry Awards

On Thursday 6th July at the Year in Industry Contribution to the Business (CTTB) Awards, 6 wonderful Scottish finalists were recognised for their contributions to the companies with whom they have completed challenging year-long work placements with The Year in Industry (YINI).

Matched with a company partner and mentor, YINI students work on industry projects involving engineering, science, business and finance, allowing them to take their learning from school/university and place it in a real-life context. This year students were supported by Leonardo, Chemring Energetics, Aggreko MW, Bosch Rexroth, ScotRail, Rolls-Royce, Viridor, Glenmorangie, HTA Design and Scottish Power.

The standard set by the young people placed by Year in Industry is always high, and six of the most impressive students were shortlisted to present at the showcase in Glasgow City Chambers to a panel of expert judges and guests. Finalists included Lizzie Randall, Caitlin Barnwell, Callum Leckie and Richard Watson.

Winner of the very top award for making the most significant Contribution to the Business 2017 was Tom Stavert from Edinburgh, who undertook some highly innovative work with Chemring Energetics in North Ayrshire, where he implemented a manufacturing cell for the Metron line of products produced by Chemring, using lean manufacturing tools in order to increase efficiency and reduce waste. The success of Tom’s project led to expected labour savings for Chemring of over £70K per annum.

Tom was presented with a cheque for £300 as part of his Contribution to the Business Award, and a further £300 for winning the Business Improvement Award, donated by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and presented by John Johnston. He also won the Environmental Award. Tom will now go forward to represent Scotland in the UK Future Industry Leaders Awards (FILA) competition in September 6th in London. He also looks forward to studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. 

Tom commented “Presenting at the CTTB Scotland Awards was a fantastic opportunity to show what I have learned and achieved during my YINI and I am delighted to have received not only the Contribution to the Business Award but also the Business Improvement and Environmental award. I look forward to going on to represent Scotland at the Future Industry Leaders Awards. I have gained a far greater understanding of how a business is run and the processes involved in this sector of industry. I have learned many useful skills, such as an understanding of lean methodologies, process improvement and other competences such as time management and communication skills. I believe that the broad range of skills I have acquired throughout this year will be of great use to me in my career in years to come.”

Chemring Energetics UK Ltd Managing Director, Stuart Cameron said “we were delighted that Tom’s contribution during his time with us was recognised as the winner of the very top award.  Tom’s willingness and enthusiasm has seen the project take off extremely well and we look forward to reaping the benefits of his work.  We wish Tom well on the 6th September in London and as he embarks on his study at the University of Strathclyde.  It is heartening to see individuals of Tom’s calibre entering engineering in Scotland.”

Jack Maxwell from Dunblane won the Innovation and Best Use of IT Awards for his work with Leonardo on the development of a new clutter model for a radar modelling toolset known as Echo. Jack’s model was more efficient than its predecessor and made use of parallel processing, thus reducing simulation run-time by 300%. Jack will now go on to attend Heriot Watt University, studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Best Use of IT Award was donated by Edrington Group and awarded by Enrique Mendez. 

EDT Director Helen Anderson said "The Year in Industry gives young people a valuable opportunity to gain workplace experience in a supported environment. The students are all hungry to develop their skills, energy and innovation with companies, making real contributions to business systems and processes.  Many companies go on to further develop the work of the students, making costs savings and developing new methods of working. The Year in Industry is a great asset to companies and students alike.” 

YINI finalists

Jack, winner of Innovation and Best Use of IT Awards

Tom, winner of making the most significant Contribution to the Business 2017 



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EDT delivers over 30,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences each year, for young people age 11-21 across the UK.
EDT’s range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses.
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By Tess Gallacher 


Date published: 
July 10, 2017