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'Raducanu of Engineering' puts robots on the healthcare frontline

29th September 2021
Joe Bush

An inspirational award-winning young British engineer, dubbed the ‘Raducanu of Engineering’, has been praised for her role developing a robotic pharmaceutical testing system now on the health frontline.

Robotics expert Davina Kaur, aged 19, from Hinkley, who now lives and works in Middlesbrough has had a momentous year culminating in being appointed an Enginuity Ambassador – representing the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors. Davina is a shining example of the Best of British Engineering – an award bestowed on her earlier this year by Enginuity.

Ann Watson, CEO of The Enginuity Group said: “Davina is the Raducanu of engineering! It goes to show how quickly brilliant, dedicated engineers can make a difference. She emerged winning our Best of British Engineering Awards and is taking the world by storm.

“Engineers and engineering are humanity’s hope - it is down to them to forge a sustainable future for mankind. No one else can deliver that.”

Speaking at the launch of the 2022 Enginuity Awards, Davina said: “British engineering has so much to proud of. The Enginuity award - and now being appointed as an ambassador for the organisation has given me a real lift. My life is changing for the better so quickly and now the future couldn’t be more exciting. Engineering is the future of our nation and the world and should be celebrated.”

Enginuity is at the heart of engineering in the UK, acting as a focal point and a voice for the sector that is crucial for the post pandemic recovery.

Entries for the 2022 Enginuity Awards are now open. Nominations can be made at: enginuity.org/news-events/skills-awards.

The categories are:

SME Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by BAE Systems: This award recognises an apprentice within an organisation (up to 250 employees in size) that has overcome challenges, barriers or exceptional circumstances to continue or complete a recognised engineering or advanced manufacturing apprenticeship framework.

Skills Innovation of the Year Sponsored by QinetiQ: This award recognises an individual or an organisation that has taken a new, novel and innovative approach to skills. This could be at any part of the skills value chain, employee lifecycle or have developed a new skills offering that pushed the STEM agenda forward and helps to reduce skills gaps.

SME Investment in Skills Sponsored by Jaguar LandRover: This award recognises an individual or organisation, within an SME supply chain company,that has invested in skills development within their organisation,a local community or across a sector to shift the balance on skill attainment within STEM related careers and skillsets.

Skills Champion of the Year Sponsored by EAL: Organisations rely on the skills and capabilities of their staff to deliver and delight their customers. This award recognises those that are investing in the long-term development of their existing workforce through lifelong learning and actively seeking to bring new skill sets into the sector, while demonstrating the value that this brings.

Large employer Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Fuse Universal: This award recognises outstanding commitment to apprentices and apprenticeships within an organisation. It is open to employers with more than 250 employees who have put apprenticeships at the heart of their business and reaped the benefits.

Graduate or Degree Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by TBC: This award recognises the inspirational journeys of the talent entering our sector and showcases the outstanding commitment, innovative thinking and skills of graduate or degree apprentice engineers, and their employers who have committed to developing talent.

Diversity in Engineering Sponsored by TBC: This award recognises organisations, individuals or a team that has delivered a specific scheme, project, or initiative, that significantly contributes to shifting the dial of equality, diversity, and inclusion within our sector.

Digital Innovation of the Year Sponsored by TBC: This award recognises organisations, company, individual or teams who have pioneered significant acceleration of adoption and the best use of digital and technology to thrive in the current climate.

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