Twelve talented young students and managers in the steel industry have won £500 each to spend on a foreign trip - to tour a factory.
The group, ‘the cream of the crop’ in Sheffield City Region, are set to visit overseas manufacturers and use the experience to ‘energise’ their companies.
The prizes were handed out at the Cutlers’ Hall under the the Joint Educational Awards Scheme sponsored by the Cutlers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Master Cutler, David Grey, said great things were expected of the 12.
He added: “You are the cream of the crop - our future in manufacturing. And I don’t use that phrase lightly. Awards such as we have made today represent an investment - sending you out into the world is important because we operate in global markets.
“But we need you to return to this region with your experience and knowledge to energise our businesses - that is fundamental to the success of manufacturing here.
“The collaboration between the universities, institutions like the Cutlers’ Company and business means that manufacturing in this region is in rude health. While manufacturing nationally is 11 per cent GDA, in this region output stands at 19.5 per cent. We have a fantastic manufacturing base and we have the best young people coming into it. That is critical because nothing is short term in manufacturing.
“The weight of all our expectations rest upon your shoulders!”
The ceremony, first held in 1926, was also attended by Master of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, Dr Simon Archer, whose father presented prizes at the same ceremony 50 years ago.