Tuesday, March 31, 2015

News: Young engineers Speak Out for Engineering

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Rotherham recruitment specialists Elevation Recruitment, has helped young engineers to prove that they can communicate effectively and "Speak Out For Engineering."

An annual showdown, organised by volunteers from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), is being sponsored by Elevation. The event sees some of the region's most promising young engineers take part in the IMechE's "Speak Out For Engineering" (SOFE) competition - giving young engineers the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills in presentation and public speaking.

The regional competition concluded with an awards ceremony at Sheffield's Cutlers' Hall earlier this month, with mechanical engineer William Holloway taking the prestigious accolade following a talk on innovation in industrial wastewater.

At the black-tie event, William received The Philip Hilton Trophy and £300 prize money, after his talk on the design of hydroelectric generators for use in industrial wastewater. The trophy is named in memory of Philip Hilton, as IMechE wants him to be remembered for his great deeds in promoting engineering.

IMechE is an independent engineering society working to raise the profile of mechanical engineering.

The competitors conducted a presentation on a subject relating to mechanical engineering which was followed by questions and discussion from the panel of judge - which includes Elevation Recruitment's John Bohan.

John Bohan, senior director at Elevation (pictured, left), said: "It's great to be involved with competitions that challenge the future leaders of the industry and celebrate successes.

"Elevation are proud to support this event as it not only allows young engineers to test their skills and gain confidence for their future roles but also provides a platform for the industry to showcase talent."

Started as part of the Horbury Group, Elevation was founded in 2010 and has expanded quickly. It now has an annual turnover of c£4m, and employs more than 45 consultants recruiting across eight specialist divisions.

Last year, a six figure deal saw the business acquired by a newly formed parent company, Elevation Consultancy Group, headed up by group managing director and Elevation founder Greg Parkinson and supported by fellow board director, Lee Bhandal.

On the day of the event, IMechE president, group captain Mark Hunt OBE BEng (Hons) MA MBA FCMI CEng FIMechE RAF, gave a presidential address at award-winning Rotherham manufacturer, AESSEAL. He said: "Engineering has never been so exciting nor so rewarding, a reality we are harnessing to inspire the next generation.

"Like the Institution, I am passionate about exposing issues, engaging in the debate, voicing credible opinions, answering difficult questions and taking engineering to society, thereby influencing humanity. In this vein, fellow engineers have the chance to lead the way and engineer our own future."

IMechE website
Elevation Recruitment website

Images: Elevation Recruitment

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