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The delight of making a difference 

One of my favourite moments of the Ground Engineering Awards is seeing so many of our winners return to the stage to take their own photos of themselves with their trophies. It is the look of delight and pride on so many of their faces that really makes this a highlight of the whole event for me.

To some, awards may seem like a bit too much glitz and glamour but I think it is really important to take a good look at the achievements the industry has delivered and celebrate them. Winning an award means that the effort of every person involved is recognised as having made a difference.

So can you imagine what being shortlisted – or even winning – could do for someone in the early stages of their career?

Having spoken to last year’s winners and finalists of the GE Next Generation Awards, it is clear that being recognised has been a galvanising experience. Not only has it reinforced that they have made the right decisions earlier in their careers, but it has also acted as a catalyst for them to recognise their role as ambassadors to attract the next generation of young people into this industry.

I was really pleased to be able to announce at the main awards that the 2015 GE Next Gen event will take place on 19 November this year and will hopefully have the same level of impact on another cohort of finalists as it did for the inaugural group. Full details can be found on the new Skills Hub section of the GE website, which draws together all of our reporting on skills issues together with entry details for the awards.

On the subject of making a difference, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to our prize raffle at the GE Awards and helped us to raise £3,500 towards GE’s publisher Emap’s £95,000 target for a new isolation room at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

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