Budding engineers of the future were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts, passion and willingness towards engineering as they were recognised in the newly formed Sir Williams Siemens Certificate.  This is the first time that colleges have been invited to enter and with our longstanding partnership with Siemens, TyneMet College nominated engineering student, Tony Brown, who has shown a tireless commitment to academic studies and vigour for progressing with a career in engineering.

The Sir Williams Siemens Certificate Award event was aptly held in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, a spectacular venue that encapsulates the essence of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – the award aimed to recognise exceptional achievements, with students being nominated for their excellence, innovation and dedication to their studies within a STEM capacity.

Students nominated from leading colleges and university technical colleges (UTC) came together in Manchester and the black tie awards event kicked off with the opportunity to network with senior team members of Siemens and various key players within the engineering sector. Student Tony Brown said: “I was so shocked to be nominated by my tutor. To be part of the awards was just great and  winning was such a proud moment for me! I had the opportunity to network with some of the top level people within engineering – including Toby Paton the director of Siemens, which is something that just doesn’t happen every day. I’m really keen on getting an apprenticeship with the world class engineering company and mentioned this to Toby Paton. We also talked about Siemens developing their design system for automobiles – something I’m really interested in, you really do just have to get yourself out there and make an impact.”

On the evening Tony was awarded a cheque for £100, with TyneMet receiving a generous cheque to invest within STEM facilities - Pastoral Tutor, Lyndsey Moy said: “Tony has consistently demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and enthusiasm for academia and college life, giving up his time on various projects including volunteering in primary schools. He has also been  part of a student panel assisting on a number of engineering events. The event was a fabulous opportunity to meet well respected engineering professionals, gain career advice and enquire about progression routes - Tony is a deserving winner of the award, we’re currently supporting Tony  with the next important step which will be an apprenticeship or university!”

Tony, who is currently studying a BTEC in Sub Diploma in Engineering and an additional NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, added: “Since joining TyneMet my confidence has grown, I’m aware you need to stand out these days to employers and feel that college and tutors have really helped to support my desire to get ahead.”

Interested in a career in engineering? TyneMet College offers a wide range of employer recognised courses visit http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/engineering for more information.