National engineering competition aims to inspire UK students

13 February 2014

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Renishaw and Young Engineers are again running a competition that will enable six young people to experience a week-long insight into engineering-based organisations. The Renishaw Engineering Experience, which is open to all full-time UK students aged 16-18, will take place from the 30th June – 4th July 2014.

The competition is running at a time that many UK businesses are struggling to fill vacancies for skilled engineers. Renishaw has unfilled vacancies across many of its UK sites, the majority for engineers with specialist knowledge.

Peter Bowler, Renishaw’s Group Human Resources Manager, says: “In its inaugural year the Renishaw Engineering Experience proved to be an inspiring and life-changing experience for the six lucky winners, who are now helping to spread a positive message about the rewarding careers that they witnessed during their week-long tour. As a nation we simply have to attract high-quality people into engineering, not just by persuading young people of the rewarding careers on offer, but importantly their teachers, families and other influencers.”

The Renishaw Engineering Experience is a fully subsidised, 5-day package of activities which aims to encourage a career in engineering. The experience will allow the six lucky winners to get close to successful engineering-led organisations and heritage sites, meet the people behind their success, and see the products which impact our daily lives. It will once again culminate in a visit to Renishaw’s award winning operations in Gloucestershire.

Rod Edwards, Chief of Executive of Young Engineers, explains: “Last year’s Renishaw Engineering Experience fulfilled all of our aims, as illustrated by one of the winners who wrote to tell me: ‘I cannot state how helpful it was as it helped me to make a decision about which engineering course to follow, as well as opening my eyes to the greater world of work.’

He continues: “We are delighted to again partner with Renishaw on this exciting initiative. Engineers are involved in cutting-edge technology in amazingly diverse products and have a major role in helping to tackle global challenges including climate change, health and energy security.”

Entry is open until 31 March 2014, with selection and interviews taking place in April. Full details about the Renishaw Engineering Experience can be found on the Young Engineers website at

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