A group of talented engineering students from Bradford College have boosted their career prospects by achieving silver awards from the national Industrial Cadets programme.
The six students, half from the Level 2 Engineering course and half from Level 3 Electrical Engineering, earned the prestigious accolades after completing the Fast Trackers 2019 project.
Run in conjunction with global engineering and management consultancy Mott MacDonald and Network Rail, Fast Trackers saw students take part in a series of activities designed to give them an insight into the engineering industry.
In a task designed to test the participants’ skills in planning, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration and teamwork, the students were set the challenge of designing a new Euston Station with a high-speed rail link with Birmingham. After working together to research and produce the plan, in line with the complex requirements of the brief, the team then had to present their design to a team of industry professionals.
The students at work on their high-speed rail plan
Adam Brough, lecturer in Electrical Installation and Engineering at Bradford College, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone on such a great achievement. Fast Trackers 2019 has given the students the opportunity to develop their confidence, teamwork, communication, presentation, and project management skills. It has enhanced the students’ individual and collaborative culture capital, demonstrating their employability skills and personal learning and thinking skills.”
The six Bradford College students who achieved the silver award were Bradley Hosker, Bradley Moorby, Cory Conway, Dylan Bengi, Amar Zahid and Rejo Koruth with the latter also collecting the Inclusion Champion award at the regional final which was held at Bradford University.
Industrial Cadets, which was so-named by HRH The Prince of Wales, is an industry-led accreditation designed to encourage engineering and manufacturing companies to raise young people’s aspirations, develop their employability skills and inspire more students into careers in the industry, creating a new talent pipeline.