Renishaw has donated £16,500 to Engineers Without Borders – a UK charity that encourages young people to get involved in engineering and use their skills to address global challenges. The donation was in lieu of the usual gift that Renishaw distributes to its employees worldwide to celebrate the company winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
In 2015 Renishaw won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for the development and manufacture of its RESOLUTE family of non-contact, optical position feedback devices. This was the eighteenth Queen’s Award won by the company.
In the UK, Engineers Without Borders runs a youth outreach initiative, aiming to inspire the next generation of globally responsible engineers. Through a series of workshops with primary and secondary school children, the charity encourages young people to explore human development issues and how they can be part of the solutions by becoming engineers.
The charity also runs the Engineering for People Design Challenge, where undergraduates from 30 UK universities are given a real-life design brief and tasked with creating an engineering solution. Most recently, students have been asked to solve the pressing issue of increased water and sanitation demands in Lobitos, Peru.
Engineers Without Borders also operates in South America, Africa and Asia, offering engineering support to local communities through volunteer work.
Jim Henshaw, Director and General Manager for Renishaw’s Encoder Products Division explains: “We’re an engineering company with a reputation for innovation. We strongly believe in the abilities of engineers to act as a force for good. Our people and products make a real difference to the world in which we live; therefore, we wanted to give support to people with engineering skills who are working to provide solutions to global challenges. The team which was responsible for developing the award winning RESOLUTE product suggested a charitable donation rather than a gift.
“It was also important that the donation went to a charity that acted globally so that its work would be recognised by all of our employees. Renishaw currently has over 70 offices in 35 countries, with around 4000 employees worldwide.”
Eve Gyimah, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Engineers Without Borders comments: “As a small charity, a donation of £16,500 will allow us to expand on the incredible work we are already doing, both in the UK and internationally. We’d like to thank Renishaw for choosing to support our charity with its generous donation.”
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