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Semta Skills Awards - last chance to nominate!

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There are only a few days left to nominate for the Semta Skills Awards 2016, so get your entry in by 30 November to be part of THE event of the engineering awards calendar!

Our Awards' host, the BBC's Steph McGovern, is adding her call for nominations – watch now.

Ensuring the sector has the skills it needs to thrive now and in the future relies on the commitment of individuals and organisations to skills development. We know this commitment is prevalent across our sector and that's what the Semta Skills Awards seek to recognise and reward.


As I've said before, it's all too easy to be head down all the time, but stepping back and recognising the achievements of your colleagues, your organisation and even yourself is so important. We know the positive impact that being recognised by industry has had on previous winners, finalists and nominees. Getting the recognition they deserve for going the extra mile is incredibly rewarding and motivating. Why not listen to what last year's winners had to say.

Since my last blog on the Awards back in late August, we have included an exciting new award – the Semta and WISE Diversity in Engineering Award supported by MBDA. This award is for SMEs, training providers and individuals who have made a measurable difference to increase diversity and inclusion within the sector. This could be a specific project or programme, or the hard work and determination of an individual to foster inclusivity. If you think your organisation has great diversity credentials or you know an SME, training provider or individual that should be recognised for their commitment to inclusivity, nominate them now.

There are eight other categories to choose from:

Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Atkins
Higher Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Rolls-Royce
Graduate of the Year sponsored by Marshall
Skills Champion of the Year sponsored by BAE Systems
Skills Innovation of the Year sponsored by Siemens
Training Partner of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
SME Investment in Skills sponsored by Get My First Job
Technician of the Year sponsored by EngTechNow

Just go to for more information about each category.

The Awards promise to be a fantastic night out. So join us at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on Wednesday 10 February 2016 to celebrate the 'Best of British Engineering'.

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