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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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Women have engineering talent

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Finalists compete in Semta Skills Awards 2016

More female engineers than ever before are leading the charge to be named the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Hundreds of nominations from across the UK for the nine categories have been shortlisted to leave 27 finalists battling it out in the prestigious Semta Skills Awards

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards dinner in London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, on February 10 2016 hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate Steph McGovern.

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Apprentices must be heard

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Survey seeks views of young people doing apprenticeships

Apprentices are being urged to make their views known to ensure they and future generations receive the advice, training and career they deserve.

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) – which has been the leading voice for apprentices since 2013 – is launching its third annual survey, designed to provide a picture of the apprentice community's views on the key issues affecting vocational pathways.

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