Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK, addresses attendees at the 2010 Bosch Technology Horizons Award presentation dinner.

Bosch tackles skills crisis

Published:  21 January, 2011

WORCESTER: The Bosch Technology Horizons Award, which aims to help close the engineering skills gap by encouraging young people to opt for a career in engineering is open for entries.

The essay writing competition is split into two age groups with cash prizes for the winners and paid work placements at a Bosch site in the UK. In the 14-18 age group, the first prize is £700 and two weeks of paid work experience.

In the 18-24 age group, the first prize is £1,000 and the opportunity to undertake six months’ paid work experience at a Bosch site in the UK. Winners in both age groups will receive an invitation for two people to attend the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner in June 2011. Entries can be submitted online at http://www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons/ and the closing date is March 18th 2011.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK commented: “125 years ago Robert Bosch set up his first workshop as a 25 year old engineer after studying to become a precision mechanic. Robert Bosch had a vision to manufacture products which would help people in their everyday lives and we want to encourage young people to have a similar vision and understand the beneficial impact of technological innovation.”

He continued: “Engineering is about problem solving, but the fact is that we have a shortage of engineers in the UK which must be addressed if we are to solve many of the critical problems we face, such as climate change. “The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is designed to show young people that engineering can be a worthwhile career which can make an enormous contribution to society and economic performance.”

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