01 April 2012
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The search for young inventors

Black Country University Technical College (UTC) in partnership with Made in the Midlands and Delcam UK, has launched the Made in the Midlands Young Inventor Award.

The community-based project is designed to encourage more young people to consider a career in manufacturing and engineering by inspiring them to be creative and innovative, and possibly even discover the next James Dyson right here in the Midlands.

Entries to the competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts and the winner may even get to see his or her idea turned into a working prototype. Gordon Mills, Director of Business Engagement at Black Country UTC, commented: "It's important our students gain exposure to industry standards and modern working practices and the Made in the Midlands Young Inventor Award will do just that. The support and help that Delcam UK can give to our students through talks and lectures will also be invaluable. We'll actually be joined by several of our budding inventors on our stand at the Made in the Midlands Exhibition on 24th April in Walsall, alongside Delcam UK – it'll give the students a real feel of what is around them"

"We need to find ways that will make a career in engineering more attractive to young people," said Charles Addison, Director of Made in the Midlands. "This will help the Midlands to take advantage of global opportunities that will enable the regional economy to succeed."

The Made in the Midlands Inventor Award is open to students currently studying at Black Country UTC in Walsall, one of the first colleges in the country to offer Year 10 and sixth form pupils the opportunity to focus on science and engineering subjects in a specialist learning environment.

Paul Gay


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