Are you a problem solver?

Last year's finalists with Tomorrow's World presenter Kate Bellingham, fourth right

Last year's finalists with Tomorrow's World presenter Kate Bellingham, fourth right

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ARE you a problem solver extraordinaire?

If so, a top prize of £700 or £1,000 could be yours just by entering a competition which may also be just the push you need towards a future career.

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award 2011 is now open for online entries and its aim is to encourage young people to forge a career in engineering.

Cash and work experience available as prizes.

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.

Peter Fouquet, president of Bosch in the UK, said: “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 benefit of technological innovation.

“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.”

Further information about the Bosch Technology Horizons Award is available at http://www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons/.