Semta's Chief Executive Ann Watson shares her views on the latest news, policy, issues and events of interest to the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. 


Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

Another great night for Great British Engineering

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Huge thanks to everyone who attended the Semta Skills Awards on Wednesday and made it such a resounding success. The previous two years took some beating, but I think everyone will agree that's just what we achieved. The effort from our marketing and communications team over the last six months certainly paid off.

It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many people with a collective passion for British engineering. We have much to be proud of and that was very evident last night. Hearing the finalists' stories was so inspiring and the industry judging panel had some very tough decisions when selecting their winners. All the finalists deserve recognition, we receive hundreds of applications and to make it to the last 27 they should be immensely proud which is why I'm delighted that we've now introduced the Highly Commended certificate to acknowledge their achievements.

I was particularly thrilled to see so many female winners. Emma England of Airbus Operations Ltd stole the show winning both the Graduate and the overall 'Best of British' award. We all know the contribution that women make to the sector and, indeed, the skills gap that could be addressed by encouraging more girls to consider an engineering career. So this can only help to inspire the next generation and create those role models that we know are so important.

Speaking of inspiring role models, I'd like to thank Steph McGovern for being such a fabulous host and making the evening go with a real swing. Steph has been incredibly supportive of what Semta is striving to achieve and we're really fortunate to have such a prominent champion working with us.

This fantastic event would not be possible without your support and I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you for your continued commitment to the Semta cause. Particular thanks must go to our Principal Sponsors – Atkins, BAE Systems, EngTechNow, GetMyFirstJob, Jaguar Land Rover, Marshall, Rolls-Royce and Siemens, their financial support allows us to showcase the talented individuals and committed companies we have in our sector. Thanks also to our supporting partners – Airbus, Babcock, Capp, EAL, MBDA and WISE and our media partner, The Telegraph.

Bettering this next year will be difficult, but I hope you will all be there to help us do just that.

To find out about all the winners and see the photo gallery, please visit

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