Nine promising young engineers have been handed £500 each and urged to travel the world.
Five youngsters from Hallam University and four from Forgemasters won cash prizes which are supposed to be spent on visiting manufacturers in Europe, the US and Asia.
The Joint Education Awards scheme was first held in 1926 and is sponsored by the Cutlers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers.
The 2014 winners, together with their families and mentors, were welcomed by Master Cutler, Tony Pedder.
He said: “This educational awards scheme goes back almost 90 years and has undergone several changes of emphasis in that time. The basis today is to give young people the opportunity to travel and to broaden their horizons. This is hugely important in today’s world which is so competitive.
“It is good to know that we have such a splendid array of young talent. The world needs engineers and people with scientific backgrounds and you young people are the ones who will take us into the future. I hope your travels will open your eyes to the opportunities the world presents.”
Previous winner, Adam Clarke of Outokumpu gave a short talk on the short benefits from his award last year.
The Master of The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, Jonathan Haw, presented nine travel awards of £500 and two educational awards of £50.
Prof Liz Barnes, deputy vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, expressed her thanks and said she was very proud to hear how well the universities’ students were doing. “This is an amazing opportunity and you should squeeze all you can from it,” she said.