Simon Humphrey, Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility at technology specialists Arm in Cambridge and CCF Chair of Trustees, has won a top award at a high profile National Awards Event in London this week.
Simon was presented with the Industrial Cadet Changemaker award by HRH The Prince of Wales at the Industrial Cadet Awards, held on 7th March at IET London: Savoy Place. The Changemaker Award is given to the individual who has made a significant and impactful difference to support the success of the Industrial Cadets initiative. The Award was supported by the IET and the lead sponsor for the event was the GFG Foundation.
Simon also promotes change through a wide range of voluntary roles locally and nationally, including being a panel member at Engineering UK and a Board member at EDT.
In 2017 Simon designed and delivered Arm's first Industrial Cadet accredited work experience programme, a programme that will be rolled-out globally. He also oversaw formal mentor training, delivered by EDT to more than 20 Arm employees, now being supported to mentor on IC programmes for the first time, joining over 130 employees who have done so before them.
Simon is, of course, delighted to be receive the award, saying
“My role at Arm provides me the opportunity and insights to appreciate the impact that effective interventions into educational experiences that we as a business, and through my involvement, I, could have for young people. Knowing that a difference can be made and being able to leverage that by connecting with the Industrial Cadets accreditation process was something I saw as a brilliant opportunity. I consider that by ensuring a high-quality programme of activity, Industrial Cadets accreditation can be transformative.
“The potential to scale this is exciting. I strongly believe that a national, indeed, international standard to recognise young people’s achievements in STEM learning linked and aligned with curriculum learning objectives is vital. I want to see that any young person irrespective of background, culture, geography or gender has an equal opportunity to access inspirational, programme based, experiences that leave them with a tangible certified currency that they can take forward into their next phase of learning.”