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Delcam supports campaign to find next generation of Midlands engineers

Charles Addison, Made in the Midlands, Steve Creron, Delcam UK, Gordon Mills, Black Country UTC, and Jason Pitt, Made in the Midlands, at the launch of the Young Inventor competition

Delcam UK is to sponsor the Young Inventor Award launched by Black Country University Technical College (UTC) in partnership with Made in the Midlands.

The community-based project is designed to encourage more young people to consider a career in manufacturing and engineering by inspiring them to be creative and innovative. Entries to the competition will be judged by a ‘Dragons’ Den’ panel of industry experts and the winner may even get to see his or her idea turned into a working prototype.

Gordon Mills, Director of Business Engagement at Black Country UTC, commented: "It’s important our students gain exposure to industry standards and modern working practices and the Made in the Midlands Young Inventor Award will do just that. The support and help that Delcam UK can give to our students through talks and lectures will also be invaluable.”

"We need to find ways that will make a career in engineering more attractive to young people,” said Charles Addison, Director of Made in the Midlands. "This will help the Midlands to take advantage of global opportunities that will enable the regional economy to succeed.”

"During focus groups we have held, our members have voiced concerns about the lack of young people coming into manufacturing. They want high flyers, skilled people that can apply their talent and make a difference in their industry and community.”

Jason Pitt, a fellow Director of Made in the Midlands, added: "Made in the Midlands is about championing world class industry in the Midlands but to do that in the long term we need a solid and progressive way of supporting and nurturing talent in engineering. We need to get young people enthusiastic and passionate about designing and making things early on in their education.”

The Made in the Midlands Inventor Award is open to students currently studying at Black Country UTC in Walsall, one of the first colleges in the country to offer Year 10 and sixth-form pupils the opportunity to focus on science and engineering subjects in a specialist learning environment.

The judging will be led by Steve Creron, General Manager of Delcam UK. He said: "We are providing Black Country UTC with reverse engineering and CAM software – for use with a laser tracker arm. This will enable students to scan a physical model, turn it into a digital design, modify it if they need to and then re-cut it using our software.”

The winners of the inaugural Made in the Midlands Young Inventor Award will be announced in September. The winner will receive a trophy and prizes from Made in the Midlands members plus advice and guidance on how to develop their invention.

For further information on the Award, visit, or contact: Charles Addison, Commercial Director, Made in the Midlands Ltd, on 01902 482450

24 April 2012

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