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Gold award for young engineers

Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman, Bob Hinchcliffe of Quasar Automation, and Mike Barker, head of engineering at Ripon Grammar School, with, from left, James Walker, David Stone, Zak OBrien and  Zach Mudge. (S)

Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman, Bob Hinchcliffe of Quasar Automation, and Mike Barker, head of engineering at Ripon Grammar School, with, from left, James Walker, David Stone, Zak OBrien and Zach Mudge. (S)

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.

 

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