Since 2009, the High Sheriff’s Young Engineer Awards have been celebrating the 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. Entries are judged by a respected and experienced engineer and finalists and runners up are then invited to a prestigious awards ceremony hosted this year at the Lucy Electric offices in Thame, which will be attended by family and friends to celebrate the success of students and apprentices nominated to receive an award.
The categories for this year’s awards are:
- ‘Best Student’ and ‘Most Improved Student’ for age ranges 14-16 years and 16-18 years
- ‘Best Apprentice’ for 16-18 years.
The entry categories comprise of the following criteria:
Most improved student:
- The judge will be looking for evidence of excellent progress as the result of hard work and dedication by the nominee.
- Nominations should describe the student’s programme or project and explain how they have improved over the last academic year. The judge will be looking for examples of engineering skills development and achievement.
- The judges will be looking for examples of outstanding work and commitment by young people who are set for a promising future career in engineering. The judge will be looking for evidence of innovation, creativity in problem solving and outstanding application of engineering skills.
- Nominations should state why this student stands out from their peers and deserves to be recognised.
- The judge will be looking for examples of achievement and commitment by young apprentices, both in the workplace and in their studies. The judge will be looking for evidence of excellence in practical application of engineering skills in the work place, key skills development and progress and achievement in academic courses.
- Nominations should state why this apprentice stands out from their peers and deserves to be recognised.
- Deadline for entries: 20th April
- Judging of entries: 23 - 30th April
- Winners and runners up will be notified: 4th May
- Ceremony: 27th June
Nomination is a quick and easy. Simply go to the appropriate category on the website www.youngengineerawards.co.uk, click on ‘enter now’ and complete the online form. Entries should be no longer than 300 words demonstrating how your nominee meets the judging criteria outlined in the entry category.
Deadline for submissions is Friday 20 April 2018.