A brilliant system which could save a Midland firm up to £600,000 a year has landed a teenager a spot in the final of a prestigious national awards ceremony.
David Chapman, aged 18, from Stafford, came up with a process which will save GKN Autostructures £200,000 annually, potentially rising to £600,000.
The event - at Birmingham University yesterday - was organised by national body The Year in Industry which matches students with paid for degree- relevant placements in their gap year before a degree course.
The work of 74 livewire gap year students and undergraduates went on display before an audience of company directors, politicians and leaders in education.
Year in Industry spokeswoman Caroline Durbin said David received £500 and would represent the West Midlands in the regional final in London in September.
She said: "David developed a superb new system to encourage zero defect performance on chassis products. It will save £ 200,000 annually and potentially £600,000. "
His work won the vote of the judges who were leading regional figures drawn from business, education and the media.