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 www.semta.org.uk/skillsawards