After winning a regional and national trophy back in May and July respectively, the team of Electrical Engineering students were shortlisted for yet another prestigious award at the third Industrial Cadets Awards, held in London recently.
This latest award saw the team pitted against all of the Gold Level national winners, so it is a special achievement to have come out on top yet again.
Industrial Cadets works with UK employers to create a talent pipeline and a future skilled workforce, whilst helping young people to develop the skills they need to enter industry with confidence.
The original competition, working with Network Rail, tasked electrical engineering students with redesigning Birmingham New Street station and improving the ‘onward journey’ for passengers travelling through the city.
The teams had to devise new strategies for the busiest rail hub outside London, which last year was used by 44 million passengers.
Feedback to the team from the competition organisers said, “The team’s high-speed railway solution was really inspiring as they re-wrote the rules to maximise efficiency and operational availability. This showed a fantastic open-mind to challenge what was in front of them for the benefit of the customer. Their communication skills were tested under intense questioning and they remained calm and in control when giving their feedback.”
Bee Narga-Martin, HE Outreach Advisor for South & City College said, “This is such a valuable experience for our students that can be added to their CV or personal statement to get into university. This will really make them stand out from the crowd and give them a head-start when they go on to university and when they go for jobs. It also gives them extra knowledge of the subject area and an opportunity to meet people who will support their career aspirations.”
A hearty congratulations to the students and staff involved.
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