Junior Electrical Engineer, Simon Mitchell has been shortlisted for a National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) award aimed at recognising the achievements of exceptional individuals who have chosen careers associated with the nuclear industry, with a view to encouraging others to enter this field.
Simon is one of 4 finalists in the UK Nuclear STEM Ambassador category, one of 10 categories, with the winners to be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place in Manchester on 21st March 2019.
Simon has been involved in a range of different STEM activities aimed at engaging with pupils from local schools to inform them about careers in engineering and the Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) project has been by far the most challenging of these activities. This involved Simon working with children from the Discovery Academy in Staffordshire to build an electric race car from start to finish that was capable of being raced on a racetrack on a final ‘track day’ activity,where lots of other schools joined together to compete for a day.
“I really enjoy working with the children from the local schools and hope that my enthusiasm for engineering will have a positive influence on them”, said Simon.“As the YEOTY challenge got underway we worked together to problem-solve and overcome lots of small technical hurdles together and I saw the children’s confidence grow and grow. I’m proud to have assisted with building the model car over the last few months and we had a really exciting day out when the car was unveiled on the racetrack.”
“Simon’s outstanding dedication to Capula’s STEM programme has led to him becoming a finalist,commented Steve Tellwright, HR Director. “He really embraced the STEM programme which we created to not only help our young engineers develop soft skills and become well-rounded engineers, but hopefully as a small way to help address the future engineering skills shortage too. We wish Simon success with his nomination and particularly with his panel interview organised by NSAN this week.”