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9 March, 2018 - 11:04 By Kate Sweeney

Arm manager honoured for engagement with students

Simon Humphrey, senior manager for corporate responsibility at Cambridge technology giant Arm, has won a top accolade at a UK awards event.

He was presented with the Industrial Cadet Changemaker award by HRH The Prince of Wales at the Industrial Cadet Awards, at IET London: Savoy Place. The Changemaker Award is given to the individual who has made a significant and impactful difference to support the success of the Industrial Cadets initiative. The award was supported by the IET and the lead sponsor for the event was the GFG Foundation.

Humphrey has had responsibility for managing Arm's involvement with EDT and Industrial Cadets since he joined the company in 2013. He has expanded the number of programmes delivered, the organisation’s reach in schools and the involvement of Arm’s people mentoring and engaging with those students.

Throughout this time, he has been responsible for encouraging the direct involvement of over 150 Arm employees in EDT and IC programmes. In addition, through internal communication channels, he has raised awareness of these programmes to employees at a global level.

He also promotes change through a wide range of voluntary roles locally and nationally, including being a panel member at Engineering UK and a board member at EDT.

In 2017 Humphrey designed and delivered Arm's first Industrial Cadet accredited work experience programme, a programme that will be rolled-out globally.

He also oversaw formal mentor training, delivered by EDT to more than 20 Arm employees, now being supported to mentor on IC programmes for the first time, joining over 130 employees who have done so before them.

Dominic Vergine, head of sustainability and corporate responsibility at Arm said: “Simon's likeable personality, approachable nature and experience in education, in particular STEM, provide a perfect platform for him to inform and influence decision makers within Arm.

“Since joining Arm in 2013 he has created an impressive network and established personal relationships with over 30 schools, with organisations such as Engineering UK, EDT, Career Ready, Smallpeice, and UKESF, and with many of the UK's largest companies.

“His experience, ability to network and build trusted relationships demonstrates a credibility and level of awareness that stands him out as a leader in education that people listen to and take direction.”

Humphrey added: “My role at Arm provided me the opportunity and insights to appreciate the impact that effective interventions into educational experiences that we as a business, and through my involvement, I, could have for young people.

“Knowing that a difference can be made and being able to leverage that by connecting with the Industrial Cadets accreditation process was something I saw as a brilliant opportunity.

“I consider that by ensuring a high-quality programme of activity, Industrial Cadets accreditation can be transformative.

“The potential to scale this is exciting. I strongly believe that a national, indeed international, standard to recognise young people’s achievements in STEM learning linked and aligned with curriculum learning objectives is vital.

“I want to be see that any young person irrespective of background, culture, geography or gender has an equal opportunity to access inspirational, programme based, experiences that leave them with a tangible certified currency that they can take forward into their next phase of learning.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: Simon Humphrey of Arm is presented with the Industrial Cadet Changemaker award by HRH The Prince of Wales.

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