Hartlepool’s young engineering talent is honoured

The support of family and friends was vital for Gus Robinson Aerospace Cadetship winner Alisha McNamee.
The support of family and friends was vital for Gus Robinson Aerospace Cadetship winner Alisha McNamee.

The best in Hartlepool’s engineering talent has been honoured.

Hartlepool College of Further Education held its annual engineering awards with business bosses among an invited audience which was there to watch it all.

Michael Bretherick, left, from the Gus Robinson Foundation, Daniel Fox and and college principal Darren Hankey.

Michael Bretherick, left, from the Gus Robinson Foundation, Daniel Fox and and college principal Darren Hankey.

The college has an engineering heritage going back more than 100 years.

The awards have been running for more than 20 years and are held to reward exceptional skill, ingenuity and hard work across the many engineering disciplines on offer.

College bosses say its students impressive 91 per cent pass rate - which puts it way above the national average - made the process of choosing winners especially hard.

The event was hosted by Head of the Engineering School Michael Casey.

Almost 20 prizes, sponsored by the likes of Altec, Northgate and the Gus Robinson Foundation, were handed out.

The evening culminated in one of the winners being crowned the Michael Bretherick Engineering Student of the Year, a prize named in honour of the College’s former principal, who devoted 34 years to the organisation and was both an engineering lecturer and department head.

The winner for 2015 was Daniel Fox, who had already picked up two other awards earlier in the night.

Mr Casey said: “The Engineering Awards is one of the biggest nights in the college calendar and it was a chance to look back on another superb year. Earlier this year we held our biggest ever Projects Presentation Day where students can showcase projects they have worked on, most of them for the employers they work for as apprentices.

“We also held a Women into Engineering Day event to tie in with a national campaign, and ours was one of the biggest in the UK, with over 60 girls from five schools taking the opportunity to learn more about engineering careers and have a go in the college’s training areas.The engineering sector is both a core component of the very fabric of the North East, and also a driving force in the global economy.

“A lot of people talk about a forthcoming skills gap as older engineers retire, and we’re dedicated to plugging that with bright new talent, ensuring that every single one of our students leaves Hartlepool College with the right skills, contacts and ambitions to take their place in the world of work.”

Full list of winners:

Aerospace student of the year - Hasib Rasul

Engineering student of the year Level 2 - Jamie LunnonEngineering student of the year Level 3 - Daniel Fox

Dr Ken Home Scholarship - Lewis Foster

Engineering FMA Apprentice of the Year - Chris Davis

Engineering AMA Apprentice of the Year - Ben Raper

Northgate Engineering Level 3 Project - David Laidler

Altec Engineering Level 3 Project - Martin Hall

Northgate Engineering HNC Project - Ed Shearer

Altec Engineering HNC Project - Josh Nichol

Gus Robinson Foundation Project winner - Amardeep Singh

Higher Education Student; Mechanical - Steven Bland

Higher Education Student; Electrical - Tom Patton

Instrumentation Student of the Year - Jordan Greaves

Gus Robinson Cadetship - Alesha McNamee & Kieran Burnett

Jaap Kroese Award - Daniel Fox

Michael Bretherick Student of the Year - Daniel Fox.