27.03.17 John Blauth

Inspiring a new generation at the LSL Showcase


On Monday 20th March, the Gallant Clerk and Hon Assistant John Blauth alongside a merry band comprising last year’s Jaguar Land Rover Coachmaker Scholarship winner Sophie Martin, Apprentices Ben Speller and Haydn Jakes from Marshall of Cambridge and our own pit crew from The Racing Bug set up shop at Guildhall for the 2017 Annual Livery Schools Link Showcase.

During the day more than 600 students and 60 teachers came, saw and were conquered by the possibilities of careers in the automotive and aerospace engineering sectors.
The Coachmaker stand was, as far as we are concerned anyway, the star of the show.

Our radio controlled racing setup attracted the young people to come and race and then stay to engage with Sophie, Ben and Haydn. It is clear that many young eyes were opened as to the exciting opportunities that exist in those vibrant industries.

As well as providing live chats with live people, we distributed material provided by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, The Institute of the Motor Industry and the Royal Aeronautical Society plus our own material encouraging young women to apply for our STEM Scholarship.

Supportive visits from the Master, Past Master Wills, the Lady Mayoress and the Sheriffs boosted team morale, already at a high level.

An unexpected bonus came from the courier company which delivered our communications material, free of charge. After the event it has very generously donated £500 to the Coachmakers Trust to help offset the cost for next year. We are delighted to send our warm and appreciative thanks to CitySprint and its team for this kind gesture and donation.

Year after year the LSL Showcase clearly demonstrates that there is considerably more to the Livery movement than delicious dinners in beautiful surroundings!