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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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Alliance formula boosts STEM

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Campaign stats equal success

A major initiative to boost STEM teaching in order to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians has been hailed as a significant success, according to a recently published evaluation report.

The STEM Alliance, managed and delivered by Semta the not-for-profit employer-led organisation tasked with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing, has made major inroads tackling key problems.

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Autumn Statement & Comprehensive Spending Review

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Semta has welcomed the clarity on the apprenticeship levy given in the Government's Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review.

The not-for-profit employer-led skills organisation which represents 146,000 employers in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector, said it was vital all sides now work together to make sure implementation of the levy is fair, workable and affordable.

Ann Watson chief executive of Semta said "We now know the apprenticeship levy is 0.5% - the first rate suggested by Professor Lady Alison Wolf in her report on vocational education. We will be consulting with the employers we represent and support them in every way we can ahead of its implementation in 2017.

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Bethany’s a high flier

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Naval engineer Bethany Bryant has served on the seas all over the world in her fledging career but faced one of her most daunting assignments so far on dry land.

Bethany from Carno, Powys, was the only female engineer who made it to the Aeronautical national skills finals in Birmingham and, as well as competing against engineers from around the country and other services, she had to do it in front of thousands of spectators.

The 23-year-old was competing in the Aeronautical Engineering: Avionics category – one of 11 competitions managed by industry skills expert Semta at The Skills Show held in Birmingham's NEC and picked up a bronze medal.

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