As part of the inaugural North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) Awards, Mike Matthews MBE, Managing Director of Nifco UK was awarded the Local Outstanding Contribution Award. The prize was £2,000 to spend on an automotive or STEM related project, a sum of £1,000 was donated to two schools within the area, Egglescliffe School and Outwood Academy, Bishopgarth to help their STEM initiatives.
Mike Matthews said, “I’m honoured and humbled to have been commended for my successes in the automotive industry, and the fact that my prize meant I was able to support STEM projects in two of our local secondary schools is an added bonus.
“Skills development and educational engagement are personal priorities and more businesses need to get behind this. It is my hope that through the donation of £1000 to each school, we may be able to ignite an interest in someone who will complete the process and secure an engineering career in later life – and Nifco’s door is always open for work experience placements.”
Matthew Telling of RMS attended both schools alongside John Short, Nifco’s operations director, representing Mike Matthews, Paul Butler, NEAA Chief Executive Officer. They all took part in workshops delivered by the Nissan Skills Foundation before presenting the cheques to each of the headteachers.
Matthew Telling, operations manager, Resource Management Solutions NE, which sponsored the Outstanding Contribution award said: “Mike Matthews richly deserved the award for his outstanding contribution to the automotive industry. RMS is thrilled to be closely associated with the NEAA, especially because we enjoy such a strong working relationship with so many of its members.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to contribute to the development of STEM in the North East education sector. The future success of the automotive industry is reliant upon developing skills and talent, so RMS will always do what we can to support this development.
“It was a pleasure to be in attendance at the Nissan Skills workshops. The students really engaged in the activities, communicated brilliantly in teams and demonstrated outstanding teamwork. These are key skills for children to nurture, and I was extremely proud to be able to represent RMS for this hugely worthwhile initiative.”
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