The Bosch Technology Horizons Awards, to which the Academy is a partner, is a competition that aims to help close the engineering skills gap by encouraging young people to opt for a career in engineering.

The competition, which asks young people to write an essay on engineering and technology and its contribution to society, awards the winners with cash prizes and paid work placements at a Bosch site in the UK. Entries can be submitted online at  www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons  and the closing date is March 18th 2011.

In the 14-18 age group, the first prize is £700 and two weeks of paid work experience. In the 18-24 age group, the first prize is £1,000 and the opportunity to undertake six months’ paid work experience at a Bosch site in the UK. Winners in both age groups also receive an invitation for two people to attend The Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner in June 2011.

Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK commented: “125 years ago Robert Bosch set up his first workshop as a 25 year old engineer after studying to become a precision mechanic. Robert Bosch had a vision to manufacture products which would help people in their everyday lives and we want to encourage young people to have a similar vision and understand the beneficial impact of technological innovation.”

He continued: “Engineering is about problem solving, but the fact is that we have a shortage of engineers in the UK which must be addressed if we are to solve many of the critical problems we face, such as climate change.

“The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is designed to show young people that engineering can be a worthwhile career which can make an enormous contribution to society and economic performance.”

Matthew Harrison, Director of Education at The Royal Academy of Engineering, said: "Engineering and technology shaped the last century and the one before that. Theyhave such an influence on society that everyoneshouldengage with them. The Bosch Technology Horizons Awardprovides young people with anopportunity to really consider how engineering and technology affect them and the world they live in. For some this is the first time they have really thought aboutthese issues and it is exciting to witness the development of young peopleinto matureglobal citizens."

Further details about the Bosch Technology Horizons Award can be found at:
www.bosch.co.uk/technologyhorizons

Notes for editors

  1. The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre­sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

    The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

    Additional information can be accessed at:  www.bosch.com
     
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.

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