A St Ives based hydraulic company is celebrating more than 50 years of finding the next generation of engineers.

Webtec, in Nuffield Road, has continued to employ the passion of its founder, Roy Cuthbert, which was installed into the business before his death by continuing to sponsor Arkwright scholars in his name.

Managing director Martin Cuthbert said: “Roy's passion was for engineering and making things, while Arkwright scholars are budding 16-18 year olds, fascinated with STEM subjects.

“Through sponsoring Arkwright scholars Webtec has been privileged to introduce a new student every year to the world of hydraulics.

“We also feel this is an excellent way to honour the legacy of our founder each year.”

Through work experience in the company's factory the youngsters are given an insight into a career in manufacturing through hands-on teaching.

One who stood out included Joe Morton who was awarded with his scholarship at a prestigious award ceremony in London, last November.

Previous Arkwright scholars like Theo have helped design new manufacturing fixtures for Webtec's range of stainless steel hydraulic control valves, while Max , another Arkwright scholar, cited his work experience at Webtec as being very beneficial in his degree.

He said: “I have found that my time at Webtec has given me a great advantage so far at Imperial College, especially the skills I gained in 3D modelling using Solidworks and reading engineering drawings.”