Business and Engineering Students Excel at EDT Contribution to the Business (CTTB) Awards in Scotland

July 11, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Mathew Thomas has won the Scottish Contribution to the Business Awards (CTTB) for his outstanding business improvement project with Rolls Royce at Inchinnan as part of the EDT Year in Industry (YINI) programme.


Mathew’s project, titled Rotor 1/2 Trent 1000 Redesign Manufacturing Improvement, yielded fantastic results. By improving the yield of Rotor 1 and Rotor 2 compressor blades and implementing a new data collection system and Right First Time system across 4 global suppliers, Mathew has enabled Rolls Royce to get planes off the ground and back in the air quicker.


Mathews manager, Michael Gallagher commented,


“The work that Mathew has done has allowed the company to not only minimise the financial impact, but also restore reputational value to the shareholders. Mathew has come into a very complex project and shown the ability to work under pressure, be dynamic in his approach and has delivered significantly above expectations.”


The CTTB Awards celebrate the achievements of school leavers and undergraduates during their Year in Industry. YINI is a paid 12-month work experience programme for post A-Level/Higher/Advanced Higher and undergraduate students.



The six finalists who presented on the day were Felix O’Mahony with Leonardo, Klycia de Carvalho and Rebecca Riddell with SP Energy Networks, Mathew Thomas with Rolls Royce, Parmjit Reehal with Viridor and Rory Kirkwood with TAQA. The event was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.


The Scottish Engineering Innovation Excellence Award was presented to Felix O’Mahony, who was also co-awarded the SMAS Business Improvement Award alongside Klycia de Carvalho. Felix’s project has been to design and code a mission planning tool (MPT) for Leonardo and its customer community. The tool enables engineers to generate sophisticated simulated aircraft scenarios, enabling them to plan flight trials and run more complex simulations.


 One of Klycia’s very successful projects with Scottish Power Energy Networks covered Network Connections: Lifecycle and Time to Connect Process Improvement. The purpose of the project was to deliver improvements and efficiencies across the end-to-end process that customers go through in order for SPEN to connect the cables/wires required to provide electricity into residential and commercial buildings. The overall goal was to increase our customer satisfaction score from 8.53/10 to 9.2/10 in line with our Regulatory standards, reduce the Average Time to Connect a customer to the network by 50%, and this has resulted in SPEN now being in a reward position.


Other organisations supporting this year’s YINI placements in Scotland include Bosch Rexroth, HTA Design, ScottishPower Corporate, Retail and Generation.


YINI is a national initiative which is part of the EDT’s continuum of programmes aimed at stimulating young people’s interest in STEM at key stages in their education. The CTTB Awards gives YINI placement students the chance to display the contributions they have made to their host company in front of an audience of business leaders eager to recruit young, talented and ambitious future professionals.


With the STEM skills gap currently costing the UK economy £1.5 billion every year, it is vitally important to make STEM attractive and accessible to the next generation of scientists and engineers. Organisers cite YINI as one effective way of providing young people with the experience of working with industry, helping to enthuse and inspire them to consider a STEM career.

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