Sixteen young engineers, managers and designers have won recognition for their efforts from the Cutlers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Presenting the annual Joint Educational Awards – first presented by the two companies around 90 years ago – Master Cutler Prof Bill Speirs told the prize winners: “You, as prize winners, should be very proud of your achievements.
“Adding this award to your CV will enable you to differentiate yourself from your peers and we at the Cutlers’ Company are delighted to recognise your talents and wish you every success. Never forget that trainees and apprentices are fundamental to the success of Sheffield and manufacturing in this region – and you are among the very best.”
Sheffield Hallam University pro vice-chancellor Prof Philip Martin added: “There is probably nothing more important to this region and this country than the encouragement and reward of young talent - talent which will drive the future agenda of the country’s prosperity and the well-being of our society.
“I have been in higher education for 35 years and the one really important lesson I have learnt is never to underestimate the capacity and potential of our young people. We have a responsibility to support and encourage them, as this event does.”
The awards encourage apprentices and students to expand their knowledge of industry through travel and reading. All entrants make a short presentation before a panel of judges on where they would like to travel and why.
Trainees Andrew Turton from Tata Steel, Jade Lee from Sheffield Forgemasters International and Robert Swift from Outokumpu won £750 Pontifex travel awards for young trainee managers in the steel industry.
Travel awards worth £500 were presented to engineering students and apprentices Jonathan Cheeseman and Andrew Proctor, from Davy Markham; Vijay Taylor, Matthew Heard and Christopher Burke from Sheffield Hallam University; Michael Fletcher from Don Valley Engineering and Thomas Berry from Sheffield Forgemasters International.
Design student Madeline Hann, from Sheffield Hallam University, also received a £500 travel award.
Awards of £50 for books were presented to Jonjo Carruthers, Peter Jackson Laver and Daniel McKenna from Sheffield Hallam University and Luke Shaw and Guy Pedley from Sheffield Forgemasters International.