Young Whitchurch engineer returns to school to motivate the next generation

A young engineer who assisted support the NHS throughout the early phases of the pandemic is wanting to motivate the next generation to select a profession in market.

Luke Thomas, who is aiming to study a Chartered Management Degree together with his function with the Needham Group in Whitchurch, was a recipient of the distinguished Arkwright Engineering Scholarship in 2019 and has actually utilized the business and mentoring assistance offered to take his initial steps on a profession in engineering.

The 18- year-old is now aiming to utilize his experience and enthusiasm for ‘making things’ to motivate students at his previous school, just recently finishing a talk in front of Year 11 students at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury.

He offered the easy message that ‘you can alter the world with engineering’ and the huge chances offered to youths to deal with the most recent innovations and establish abilities that might see you take a trip all over the world.


Luke Thomas recently gave a talk to Year 11 pupils at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury. Image courtesy of Needham Group.

Luke Thomas just recently lectured to Year 11 students at Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury. Image thanks to Needham Group.


” The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship has actually been such a substantial increase to my early education and profession, providing me financial backing to assist me finish my A-Levels and likewise access to important contacts and networks that have a lot experience to provide,” discussed Luke, who is presently studying for his personal pilot licence.

” The scholarship actually offered me the support to pursue a profession in engineering and I wished to consider that message back to my peers in the hope that they see the advantage of such a prominent scholarship.”

He continued: “I’ve been operating at Needham Group for the last 6 months, advancing from a student laser professional to a junior job engineer and I am caring every minute of it, operating in the various departments to provide me a taste of all locations of business so I can choose which location to specialise in.”

The relationship with Needham Group began in the summertime when Luke had actually bought his own laser cutting maker to assist make more than 2000’S clips’ he contributed to the NHS.

He got in touch with Managing Director Aled Ellis with a technical concern and, after a preliminary breakdown in interaction, was welcomed to the company’s HQ on Waymills Industrial Estate to fulfill the group, have a trip of the center and check out the innovation offered in more depth.

It was a conference that developed into a task deal, with the business impressed with his self-taught understanding of lasers and his enthusiasm for discovering brand-new things.

Aled Ellis, Managing Director of Needham Group, went on to include: “We are proliferating throughout our professional coding, ink and laser innovations organizations and are wanting to handle 30 brand-new personnel over the next 3 years.

” At the heart of this will be a genuine concentrate on establishing the engineers and specialists of the future and Luke is our very first dedication to this. He blew us away when we fulfilled him and it was a simple choice to provide him a position, a choice that we’re thrilled with seeing the instant effect he’s had.

” His Chartered Management Degree need to begin soon and throughout that we’ll guarantee he has great deals of assistance from our technical personnel so that he can establish his abilities even further. Getting more youths into production and, significantly into our engineering disciplines, is a significant top priority for us.”

Luke concluded: “I’ve found out a lot in such a brief area of time and I’ve currently got my sights on Aled’s task.”

Needham Group has actually introduced a growth plan that will see it more than treble profits in between now and 2025.

Founded by Roger Needham in 1962, the company is seeking to accomplish this target by improving export activity throughout its 3 departments, increased financial investment in marketing, extending circulation networks and establishing capability to handle more custom jobs.

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