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A selection of quotes from Scholars, Apprentices, Freemen and Liverymen.

I became part of the company when I was young and unsure of my career direction, at the time the company informed and guided me. Six years on this is still the case today, and I also benefit from the great contacts I develop at events and dinners. The company enabled me to find out first hand what it was like to be at different stages of an engineering career, this helped me decide what to study at university and what career path I was best suited to.
My Arkwright grant funded a residential Maths camp and, at an engineering taster day at Cambridge, I learned about the mechanics behind the ‘chain fountain’ phenomenon. An Arkwright visit to a company called TTP opened my eyes to the possibility of working as a researcher in industry. Through WCSIM I also attended a fascinating lecture on the science of invisibility by Professor John Pendry, which covered the topic of meta-materials with negative refractive index, encouraging me to explore this area further.

I must thank the livery for their support; they have had a great influence on me. I would definitely not be here without their help. As an Arkwright scholar, who joined as an apprentice at sixteen, the livery opened my eyes to what was possible and what kind of work its members did. I remember coming away from events and dinners, fizzing with excitement about having met the guardian of the kilogram, or the designer of large telescope electronics, or a researcher who works at a particle accelerator. I would have never thought those jobs existed before! It is this atmosphere that has made the livery such an important place for young scientists and engineers. I hope to contribute and give others the same opportunity I have had.