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Apprentice of the Year 2018

UK's top apprentice is first class

Judith MairTalented engineer Judith Mair was named the Best of British Engineering and Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards last night (Thursday March 1).

The 21-year-old beat off strong competition to win the Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd, at the Semta Skills Awards 2018 gala dinner in London hosted by BBC presenter Steph McGovern.

Judith left school in the North East Scottish village of Portknockie, Buckie between Aberdeen and Inverness, uncertain of her future and possible career choices. Within three years, she has rapidly developed the necessary skills to successfully act as Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Site Controller, at Rolls-Royce in Derby, demonstrating advanced competencies with an exceptional enthusiasm and commitment to learn and improve.

As a passionate ambassador of apprenticeships and engineering, Judith has volunteered at numerous Rolls-Royce apprenticeship open evenings and Skills Festivals, hosted work-experience students, explained apprenticeships to scholarship students at the British Institute of NDT headquarters and represented the company at Parliament.

Throughout her apprenticeship she has consistently excelled on placements and is predicted to achieve a First-class degree.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: “Judith is the Best of British engineering - a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Awards and an inspirational role model for others.

“I am delighted a young, enthusiastic, female engineer has taken the honour in 2018 – the Year of Engineering. She is exactly the sort of role model we need to encourage more females to join the industry and demonstrate what a great career choice engineering is.

“If we are to achieve the 800,000 extra engineers we need over the next few years, it is vital we have more young women like Judith in STEM careers to keep the skills talent pipeline flowing.”

The Apprentice of the Year runners up were: Joe Kennie, Yamazaki Masak UK Ltd and Jay Ahmed, Ryder Ltd.

Watch Judith as she won her award at the 2018 Semta Skills Awards:

Watch Judith's finalist video and find out more about her:

You can also find out more about the runners up by watching their finalist videos, click to find out more about Joe Kennie and Jay Ahmed.


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