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Shaftesbury School student wins Young Engineer of the Year Award!

James Pester, a Year 11 student at Shaftesbury School, has been named Young Engineer of the Year at the SIG Awards. James demonstrated a drive and eagerness to pursue an engineering career after his experience with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) activities. He sought out the necessary contacts and procedures to joining Airbus upon leaving school using his own initiative. Through working with the Shaftesbury School’s STEAM projects, Colem sponsored the key STEAM students of the school to visit Airbus in Portsmouth to see how satellites are built and find out how a large corporation works. That signalled the beginning of James’ new adventure in aerospace.

Martin Coleman, Partner from Satcoms Innovation Group said “Congratulations to James from everyone in SIG. James, you won this award because you saw the “adventure” of starting an engineering career and the relevance of your schoolwork and STEAM activities. So, you’re not an engineer yet! But, you are young, you saw a future in our business, and you struck out as soon as you saw the opportunity – without help or persuasion.  For that alone you deserve this special award. I, and the SIG team, will be happy to support you and your fellow students at Shaftesbury School to make all those personal endeavours worthwhile and show, and advise on, the work opportunities available to you all.”

James said “I’m really happy to receive this award – it goes to show that if you put effort into what you do and make it a priority and work hard at it you will get noticed. To me STEAM is much more than a subject to me it’s really important, as it’s going to help build our future and keep our generation and the generations after us safe and stable and able to live”.

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