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Surrey SATRO Awards: Inspiring the next generation into STEM

1 Oct 15  | CBSbutler
Surrey SATRO Awards:
Inspiring the youth of today to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow

Last night Surrey-based charity SATRO held their annual STEMX Awards, commending the finest apprentices and students in the area, as well as the local businesses providing them with job opportunities.

The event was held at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking and was attended by a number of local dignitaries, including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Paul Coleman and the Mayors of Guildford and Woking.

SATRO aims to inspire young people into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, particularly within the British industry, in order to begin to address the chronic skill shortages many technical fields are experiencing.

The demand for STEM skills is especially pronounced in the Surrey area, due to a high concentration of digital, technical, pharma and knowledge-based businesses; nearly 40% Surrey firms working in STEM fields reported having difficulties in recruiting skilled individuals.

Danny Smith, an apprentice carpenter and joiner at Kier Living, was presented with a special STEMX award, for personal endeavour in recognition of his determination to succeed, by Surrey’s High Sheriff, Elizabeth Kennedy. Danny’s trainer at Nescot College said that “Daniel is a great ambassador and has shown other students that with the right motivation, hard work and support you can achieve and build a great future for yourself.”

Another seven young locals were recognised for their hard work and excellent attitudes with top STEMX awards.

Brooklands College student Stewart Dick won the Coleman Trophy for achievement, while the Wates Cup for apprentice contribution to business went to Max Samyint, who also hails from Brooklands.

Will Osborne, who gained a level 3 qualification in site carpentry from Guildford College and is now studying for an HNC in Construction at London South Bank, the first year of which he finished with distinction, was awarded the Gordon Cockburn Trophy for progression.

Two students from Molesley were recognised for their achievement and positive attitude during extended work placements; Samuel Mansfield won the under-18 award and Daniel Cranstone was top undergraduate.


Max Samyint receives the Wates Cup.
(left-right: Brian Wheelwright from Wates, Max and Elizabeth Kennedy, Surrey's High Sheriff.)


Michael Collis and Toby Peterken were presented with Special Mayor of Guildford Awards for their work experience in research and industrial environments.

  Three local businesses were also recognised for their work in encouraging young people to take an interest in STEM fields: BDO LLP, based in Guildford, was acknowledged to have the best training program for school leavers, while Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Air Products in Hersham won awards for their work in partnership with local schools. 

Dr Beccy Bowden, Chief Executive of SATRO, spoke warmly of her organisation’s achievements with local youngsters: 

      “Our STEM Awards are about celebrating excellence, with particular focus on the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths to our economy. All our winners are excellent role models and I hope they will be an inspiration to others. We must commend local businesses for opening their doors to provide real-life experiences that can truly inspire the next generation, and our sponsors and supporters in helping us celebrate the achievements of these hard-working young people.”       

The evening was compèred by former Big Brother winner, TV science-nerd and SATRO patron Jon Tickle. Guests also heard from Alan Foster, Operations Director of McLaren Automotive, and Paul Coleman DL, who both spoke about their own beginnings as apprentices.

SATRO organised a number of science-related work experience placements over the summer, and the work of those A Level students who partook was on display for guests to view.

CBSbutler is very proud to be a staunch supporter of SATRO, as we believe very strongly in the importance of inspiring and galvanising the youth of today to be the scientists, engineers and mathematicians of tomorrow. Dave Leyshon, our Chairman, was unfortunately unable to attend due to a last minute bout of flu, but sent these words in his stead:

"Our future depends on tomorrow’s STEM talent.  In the UK there’s currently a shortfall of 10,000 STEM graduates per year, we’ll need 1.8 million more STEM professionals by 2022. 

Moreover, we need 60,000 technicians and apprenticeships per year until 2020 just to maintain current employment numbers.  Unless addressed, this will have profound implications on the business economy. 
As a leading recruitment firm specialising in  STEM,  we at CBSbutler  feel passionately about addressing these major shortages together with the growing skills gap at ‘grass-roots’ level.  

SATRO provides the invaluable link between industry and schools.  Through their diverse efforts, they are promoting STEM to the next generation – enthusing young people and illustrating how their subjects are relevant in today’s workplace. They are also instrumental in building employability skills and essential soft skills, e.g. communication, problem solving, attitude, so vital for the modern business world. 

Over the last 5 years, CBSbutler has funded and participated in many STEM events.  We have been truly inspired by what a small amount of money can achieve and would encourage everyone to support SATRO in their endeavours. They really do make a difference!"



CBSbutler would like to congratulate SATRO on a successful evening and wish them another fantastic year of inspiration and achievement.

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