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Unsung hero is lifetime achiever

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MBDA's Gareth Humphreys honoured with Semta Skills Award

An engineer dubbed by his company as the father of apprentices has picked up a Lifetime Achievement award as he prepares to retire.

Gareth Humphreys of MBDA Missile Systems, based at Lostock, Bolton was honoured at the Semta Skills Awards at London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane last night during a gala dinner hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

He was presented with the specially-created Lifetime Achievement Award by Ann Watson, CEO of Semta and Julia Chippendale, managing director of EAL, who described him as the "unsung hero of UK engineering and manufacturing" as he took to the stage to a standing ovation from the audience of industrialists, major engineering companies, graduates and apprentices.

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Babcock invests in the future

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Portsmouth company wins Semta Skills Award

A Portsmouth company's residential training and commitment to life skills has led to it winning a prestigious award.

Babcock International won the Training Partner of the Year award, sponsored by GetMyFirstJob, last night, beating off strong competition at the Semta Skills Awards, celebrated with a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Costi Karayannis, Director of Energy and Engineering for Babcock Training said: "We are delighted to win this award. We are committed to our programmes with EDF energy and Network Rail. It is not just about the focus on skills development but focus on behaviour and attitudes of the apprentices.

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Passionate Steve is technician of the year

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Bedfordshire engineer wins Semta Skills Award

Experienced engineer Steve Green has been named the UK's top technician at the Semta Skills awards for his work on the factory floor and mentoring young apprentices.

The 54-year-old, from Bedford beat off strong competition to be presented with his award, sponsored by EngTechNow, last night at a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Steve, Senior Prototype Engineer at Lockheed Martin, based in Ampthill, Bedfordshire said: "I feel massively humbled. I am very proud of what we do. I feel British engineers are the best in the world and will do anything to help show that. I want to thank everyone involved – winning this award is awesome."

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Canal invests in the future

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Nottingham company wins Semta Skills Award

A Nottingham company's decision to grow its own skills has paid off in more ways than one after it picked up a prestigious award.

Last night, Canal Engineering won the SME Investment in Skills award, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, beating off strong competition at the Semta Skills Awards, celebrated with a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Andrew Lord, a project manager at Canal Engineering, who picked up the award, said: "We are delighted to win this award. We have an open-minded attitude to fostering young talent into the engineering sector and this award recognises this."

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KMF are UK’s top innovators

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Staffordshire company wins Semta Skills Award

A project which has engaged more than 10,000 students with the aim of inspiring the future generation of engineers has led to Staffordshire firm KMF winning a prestigious award.

KMF, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, won the Skills Innovation of the Year award, sponsored by Siemens, last night, beating off strong competition at the Semta Skills Awards, celebrated with a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Jenny Conlon, Training Centre manager at KMF said: "We didn't expect to win up against such excellent companies. I honestly think if companies like KMF continue to work with young people I do think the gap of lack of engineering students coming through will start to diminish."

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Martin is champion of engineering skills

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Nottinghamshire engineer wins Semta Skills Award

Nottinghamshire engineer Martin Rigley has been named UK's Skills Champion for his work with primary schools through to graduates and mentoring other businesses.

Martin, managing director of Lindhurst Engineering, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was crowned Skills Champion of the Year, sponsored by BAE Systems Ltd, last night, beating off strong competition at the Semta Skills Awards, celebrated with a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

"I didn't expect to win and I don't do it for the plaudits," he said. "I am driven by my own experience and this award recognises we are doing something right."

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Joanne is flying higher

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Lancashire engineer wins Semta Skills Award

Talented apprentice engineer Joanne Sharples, has seen her career take off and land her a prestigious engineering award thanks to her High School teacher.

The 24-year-old, from St Annes, Fylde beat off strong competition to be named the UK's Higher Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, last night at the Semta Skills Awards gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Joanne achieved her EAL Level 4 Diploma in Project Management, completed the year with a distinction in her foundation degree and now the honour of being named the UK's Higher Apprentice of the Year by Semta.

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Emma’s flying high in engineering

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Bristol graduate is named Best in Britain

Aircraft engineer Emma England is flying the flag for women after being named the Best of British Engineering at the Semta Skills Awards last night.

The 26-year-old, from Bridgetown on the Devon/Somerset border beat off strong competition to be presented with her award at a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Having won the Graduate of the Year category, sponsored by Marshall, Emma went on to be named the overall winner earning the title Semta Skills Award Best of British Engineering with Semta's chairman Allan Cook praising her breadth of experience and the encouragement she is giving young people to consider a career in engineering.

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Diversity award for inspirational Dawn

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Stevenage engineer wins Semta Skills Award

Encouraging diversity in engineering and in particular promoting it as a career for girls as well as boys has led to Dawn Bonfield winning a prestigious award.

Dawn, from Stevenage beat off strong competition to be presented with her Semta Skills Diversity in Engineering Award, sponsored by MBDA and WISE, last night at a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Dawn, Immediate Past President of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) based in Stevenage said: "It is a massive shock to win the award. The companies represented at the awards are all really committed to improving diversity. We could do more collaboration with things like career advice – there is very much a will."

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Gifted Chris is apprentice of the year

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Cheshire engineer wins Semta Skills Awards 2016

Electrical engineer Christopher Eckert has been named the UK's top apprentice at the Semta Skills awards.

The 23-year-old, from Warrington beat off strong competition to be presented with his award, sponsored by Atkins, last night at a gala dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

Christopher, who works for an SME company Packaging Automation Ltd in Knutsford, Cheshire said: "I am very shocked – to be up against apprentices from enormous companies like Mars and Toyota. I really didn't expect to win.

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