STUDENTS from Worcester Sixth Form College proved they have the potential to become tomorrow’s engineering elite when they took the top two places in a business game competition which was held at Worcester Warrior’s Sixways venue.

The event was a triumph for Worcester students as a team from Worcester College of Technology came joint third.

More than 250 students from schools and colleges across Worcestershire and Herefordshire gathered at Sixways to take part in the 2012 Engineering and Manufacturing Business Games – an engineering-themed business event devised by Worcester Bosch and the Smallpeice Trust.

The main objective was to demonstrate to young people the many opportunities available in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

The event included speeches and presentations from local manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch and Yamazaki Mazak. The two iconic engineering firms employ apprentices from the age of 16 and are always on the look-out for new talent.

Other businesses supporting the event as exhibitors and student mentors included Dytechna and Malvern Instruments.

The universities of Worcester, Birmingham and Oxford and leading firms of solicitors and accountants also participated in the day’s activities. After the competition, there was a careers fair for the young people present.

Among the event’s visitors was Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP, who is a keen supporter of apprenticeships and a founding member of the parliamentary group for financial education for young people.

Mr Walker welcomed the way the games brought together business people with real world experience and students wanting to learn more about business.

“I am delighted that the Worcester-based teams did so well in what was a very competitive environment,” he said.

“This was a great event bringing together business and education in way that is engaging and dynamic. We need more like it.”