Richard Noble OBE to present the CPA’s ‘Stars of the Future’ young apprentice awards at PLANTWORX

On the 14th May at 11am at PLANTWORX construction exhibition (Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire) the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) is hosting the ‘Stars of the Future’ plant mechanic apprenticeship awards presentation to the young engineers, who took part in the competition from colleges nationwide. Presenting the awards is none other than Richard Noble OBE, a World Land Speed record holder and the pioneer of the Bloodhound SCC (Super Sonic Car), which is the next high-profile project to attempt to exceed 1000mph in the specially built car and once again break the World Land Speed Record.

The Stars of the Future competition is an annual award scheme devised by the CPA to recognise talented youngsters on plant mechanic apprentice schemes in 11 colleges across the UK – there were a staggering 489 entries into the competition making judging very tough. There are separate prizes for Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices and colleges have monitored their construction students and have identified their two ‘Stars of the Future’ apprentices – in total there are 22 regional winners across the country who will be attending the VIP Award Ceremony. Amongst these 22 finalists a panel of judges has decided the two National Winners, one at each level. Joining Richard Noble OBE and the CEA Team will be more than 200 guests and will include parents and families of the winners, college.
The prize for each winning apprentice will be a £500.00 tool voucher for a mechanics toolkit. A commemorative certificate will also be given to all along with a photograph of the presentation with Richard Noble OBE. A further £500 will be given to the two regional winners.
The presentation takes place on 14th May at 11am in the Hospitality Area on 1st Avenue (next to the Pavilion) Richard Noble OBE will also be on the CPA Stand 24 2nd Avenue from approx. 1.30pm – 2.30pm for a meet and greet session.

Also hosted by the CPA is The Training and Education’ Zone at PLANTWORX, which is dedicated to colleges offering Construction courses and other associations offering training. The zone is aimed at encouraging young people into the construction industry where there is an acute skills shortage. Exhibitors in the zone will also be encouraging companies looking to take on apprentices to visit the zone to discuss what’s available and government funding.
Richard is currently working on the Mach 1.4 Bloodhound SSC project the latest in the long line of Land Speed Record cars now being run through 3600UK schools.
The Bloodhound SSC project started with the public launch of the project on October 28th 2008 at the Science Museum in London. Richard Noble, Andy Green and the team announce to the world their latest plan to smash the World Land Speed Record, and at the same time inspire the next generation of Scientists and Engineers with an iconic project.
BLOODHOUND SSC (super sonic car) will be driven by Wing Commander Andy Green who set the current record of 763mph (1228kmh) at the controls of ThrustSSC on 15th October 1997. If the new vehicle achieves its target of 1,000mph (Mach 1.4) it will mark the greatest incremental increase in the history of the World Land Speed Record; it will also exceed the low altitude speed record for aircraft (c.994mph).
Building a car quicker than a fighter jet is not, however, the primary goal of the project. Rather, it is to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible.
Record attempts should take place in 2014. Bloodhound SSC will be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa where a track 20 km long, 500 m wide has been cleared by a local workforce, employed by the Northern Cape Government.
Source: Plantworx