A gold award was the icing on the cake for a team of young engineers who earned special recognition for their success on a work placement.
The four lower sixth students from Ripon Grammar School took part in the Engineering Education Scheme, which gives young people the chance to work for an employer on a real project.
The team – David Stone, Zach Mudge, team leader James Walker and Zak O’Brien – worked at Quasar Automation, of Mickley, on a project to design an auto cake icer and decorator.
They not only passed the scheme, which is run by the Engineering Development Trust, but also received a gold crest award in recognition of their performance.
Mike Barker, head of engineering at Ripon Grammar School, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the students and great for the school to be involved in this scheme, which gives young people a realistic opportunity to work as employees on a real project.
“The team put in a great deal of hard work, working on it in their free periods and getting the bus over to Mickley during the sixth form’s Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme.
“They also completed a three-day residential at Sheffield Hallam University.”
Bob Hinchcliffe, managing director of Quasar Automation, said the boys’ concept would form the basis of a new product.