These are no ordinary awards – now in their fourth year, our awards honour the very best in British advanced manufacturing and engineering, giving the winners exposure to leading employers and the wider population, providing inspiration to others and fast becoming the awards everyone wants to win.
I am certain we can all name at least one apprentice, higher apprentice, graduate or skills champion who deserve to be recognised. We all know of the unsung hero who deserves a moment in the sun. We had some amazing winners last year, and the evening was capped off with a special lifetime achievement award for Gareth Humphreys from MBDA.
You don’t need to nominate someone else, though – you can also enter yourself for our awards. Maybe your company demonstrated real skills innovation; maybe you work for an SME and know someone who’s really helped you to invest in the future; you might be a technician who has excelled in the role or a passionate advocate for diversity within the sector.
It’s not difficult to enter and although there are other awards ceremonies out there within engineering and skills, the amazing response we’ve already had having opened this year’s entries shows just how highly regarded and prestigious the Semta Skills Awards are within advanced manufacturing and engineering.
You only need to see what it means to last year’s winners to understand the positive impact of picking up an award. Last year’s awards were our biggest and best yet – and we’re on track to make this year’s even bigger and better still. Maybe it’ll be you up there on that stage this year with Steph McGovern; you have to be in to win it so put yourself forward.
We have nine categories in total: Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd); Higher Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc); Graduate of the Year (sponsored by Airbus); Skills Champion of the Year (sponsored by BAE Systems plc); Skills Innovation of the Year (sponsored by GetMyFirstJob); SME Investment in Skills (sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover);Technician of the Year (sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering), Training Partner of the Year (sponsored by EAL) and Diversity in Engineering (supported by WISE).
The shortlisted finalists will then make it to the Semta Skills Awards gala dinner, to be held at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on International Women’s day and during National Apprenticeship Week - Wednesday March 8th next year.
Don’t be left wondering if it could have been your company, colleague, apprentice or business partner. Don’t be left wondering if it could’ve been you. Those wishing to nominate themselves, a colleague or a business should go to www.semta.org.uk/skillsawards and complete their online application before nominations close at midnight on Wednesday November 30th.
Best of luck – I hope to see you there!