The CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards Proves Engineering has a Bright Future
Thursday November 03, 2016
With all the talk of the skills shortage in the engineering industry, people often forget that there is a whole host of super-talented young engineers coming into the industry with the sheer enthusiasm and hunger to innovate and make a difference to the future of engineering.
Earlier this month, the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards ceremony was a really special evening for all those involved. Each individual category winner and finalist proved the abundance of highly skilled young engineers coming through into the industry. Evenings like this are so important in promoting the industry and rewarding those who are driving the future of it – it makes it all worthwhile for the people who are working hard to make a difference.
As a sponsor, Waterloo Air Products had a front row seat in seeing and listening to some of the young talent who are leading the way and forging their own path into the world of engineering. The two award categories, Graduate of the Year Award 2016 and Employer of the Year Award 2016, rewarded those who have played a major role over the last year in looking towards the future of engineering.
The Graduate of the Year Award 2016 winner is Antoni J. Sapina Grau. Antoni is a Graduate Engineer at WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff, which employs more than 35,000 people, including engineers, scientists, technicians and architects across 40 countries.
Before working for WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff, Antoni obtained an MSc in Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy at Brunel London University and has gained work experience in building services in Spain, Mexico and the UK. Antoni gave an inspired presentation to the judging panel which ultimately led to him being named Graduate of the Year 2016.
The Employer of the Year Award 2016 is split into three separate categories, rewarding the small, medium and large companies that have gone above and beyond to recruit, train and support young engineers in the industry. Method Consulting LLP is the winner of the Small category, with TUV SUD Wallace Whittle and Atkins Ltd winning the medium and large categories respectively.
Although the industry has a long way to go to reverse the increasing skills shortage and train more young people, the CIBSE Young Engineer Awards reminds us that there are still many young people who hold a high level of skill and have an important role to play in the future of building services. That’s why we know that it is really important to promote and support these awards.
Congratulations to all the winners, the finalists and everyone who played a part in putting on these fantastic awards. We are already looking forward to next year’s event to reward more young people in the industry.
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