NCC YINI student in regional finals of Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) Contribution to the Business Awards

The National Composites Centre was delighted to have a Year-in-Industry (YINI) student to be in the regional finals of the Engineering Development Trust’s (EDT) Contribution to the Business Awards. 

EDT has held regional finals across the UK to find the most talented and driven YINI Placement Students. Two winners from each region will go onto the national final held in London on 7th September, to be in for the chance to be crowned the top YINI Placement Student of 2016.

At the regional awards, held at the NCC last month, the top six YINI students in the South West region presented their work to a panel of judges; showcasing their individual contribution during their placement year. The NCC was really pleased to see our own, Sophie Myers, YINI Engineering Intern at the NCC, as a finalist. Sophie competed for a spot in final alongside Lizzie Garside of ECH Engineering, Victoria Challes of Clarity Biosolutions, Henry Hart of Sibelco, Matthew Meades of Delphi Diesel Systems and Katherine Holmes of Schneider Electric.

Above: The YINI South West Regional Competitors including Sophie Myers (National Composites Centre), Lizzie Garside  (ECH Engineering), Victoria Challes (Clarity Biosolutions), Henry Hart (Sibelco), Matthew Meades (Delphi Diesel Systems) and Katherine Holmes (Schneider Electric).

Sophie Myers, outlined the structure of her placement year, rotating around three of the main engineering capability groups; Advanced Composite Manufacturing, Materials and Processes and Digital Manufacturing, Automation and Tooling. Her presentation focused on a key internal capability project she worked on within the Materials and Processes team. This project developed a new NCC capability for in-process monitoring of composite manufacturing. It demonstrated the use of optical fibre sensor technology within composites to monitor strain and temperature. 

Above: Sophie Myers, YINI Engineering Intern at the NCC, at the South West Contribution to the Business Awards

Sophie Myers, comments on her placement, “the variety of work I undertook at the NCC has given me an invaluable experience of working in industry and has put me in an excellent position to start university.”

Rachel Wood, Engineering Capability Leader for Early careers at the NCC, comments, “Sophie’s contribution has been considerable not only on this project but on several others. She has been a pleasure to have at the NCC and will develop into a fantastic engineer. “

After hearing the presentations, the judges faced the difficult task of deciding the two regional winners who will go on to represent the South West at the National Final. After much deliberation they managed to reach a decision and crowned Lizzie Garside of ECH Engineering and Victoria Challes of Clarity Biosolutions the regional winners.

The NCC was proud to host this event, supporting young engineering talent and ensuring the future growth of the composites industry with a skilled and experienced workforce in the engineering community. We wish Sophie the best of luck in her university studies and look forward to seeing the exciting developments her successful career has in store!  

EDT is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to engage young people studying STEM subjects with industry. EDT does this through a continuum of schemes for secondary-aged students from one-day tasters to six month long projects and year-long placements in industry. To learn more about EDT’s Year in Industry (YINI), click here.

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