With jobs in IT and telecoms hard to find, a competition to find the Young Telecoms Engineer of the Year is a welcome development.
Sponsored by MLL Telecom, the competition will be judged by Sir Bryan Carsberg, Ofcom's founding boss, MLL Telecom CTO Stuart Borgman, and David Owens, network performance manager at mobile network operator O2.
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The winner will receive a job offer from MLL Telecom, which counts BT, Vodafone, Affiniti, Virgin Media, Azzurri, Argus Media, East Sussex County Council, North Lanarkshire CCTV, Nottinghamshire Police and North Dorset District Council among its business partners.
The competition is open to final year student members of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Entrants will have to propose an innovative solution to a telecoms challenge. This might be to deliver a new end-user service or solve specific challenges in delivering telecoms networks.
The finalists will present their solutions to judges next April.
Carsberg, now chairman of Loughborough University's council, said, "The telecoms industry is central to the future success of the UK economy. Companies that support new graduates coming into the industry, not only help themselves to remain competitive, but also contribute to the success of the industry and the UK economy as a whole."