A student who undertook a Year in Industry (YINI) placement with Bristol-based refrigeration and testing house, ECH Engineering, has been named as one of two winners of the South West Region’s Contribution to the Business Awards.

The award scheme is operated by The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and is open to students participating in YINI scheme.

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The judging panel acknowledged the significant impact made by Lizzie Garside during her placement.

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She joined ECH Engineering to gain practical, hands-on engineering experience prior to studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering with Honours) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

She has influenced commercial projects with her significant involvement in the design and installation of a test facility for refrigeration manufacturer, Adande, enabling ECH Engineering to deliver this project.

In addition to the Contribution to the Business Award, the panel of judges also presented Garside with the Bandvulc Environmental Award, in recognition of the energy saving aspects of her work.

ECH Engineering’s MD, Dr Ed Hammond, stated: “Lizzie has been a model employee and has made a major contribution to ECH Engineering and a number of our commercial projects.

“We wish her well for her studies in New Zealand and we are confident that she will go on to make a significant impact in the engineering sector.”

He added: “As a company we are committed to the YINI initiative, promoting engineering, and specifically the cooling industry, as a career for young people.

“Undergraduate summer placements and YINI appointments offer tremendous opportunities for students to bridge the gap between school and university, preparing them for their roles in industry.

“With the support of companies throughout our industry, young engineers will be able to hone their skill sets and address the environmental and product development challenges, which face us all.”

Garside and fellow South West regional winner, Victoria Challes, will now progress to the national finals of the awards, to be held in London in September.