Edmond Colbert wins the 2016 Ian Smith Memorial Award for Innovation at the Colchester Institute of further and higher education.
The Ian Smith Memorial Award for Innovation in this its inaugural year is for innovation in engineering shown by the up and coming engineers being trained at the Colchester Institute for their City & Guilds level 2 Diploma in Engineering.
Ed designed and skilfully manufactured a fuel coupling linkage in aluminium for a motorcycle. This solved a fuel delivery problem where, due to the age of the motorcycle, an original part could not be sourced. Ed has shown great skill and motivation throughout his course and is a very deserving winner of this first Innovation award.
Alison Andreas – Principal and Chief Executive at the college said “….I never cease to be amazed at the talent and commitment of our students and its a fitting tribute to their achievements that the Award winners have been recognised in this way…”
ASGB has long held a belief in the importance of investing in the training and runs an annual programme of craft apprentices in conjunction with the Colchester Institute. ASGB are proud of the number who continue to develop with the company after their apprenticeship has been successfully completed to build the high quality vehicles being produced today.
Following the sad passing of Ian Smith who was a huge advocate of investing in the up and coming generations the Ian Smith Memorial Award for Innovation was an natural choice for ASGB to carry his memory and wishes forward into the future.
From left to right in the picture are: Alison Andreas , Malcolm Smith , Mr Alexander “Jock” Smith ,Ed Colbert, Steve Hill and Mrs Jayne Smith.