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Will you be named the Best in British Engineering?

Nominations open for Semta Skills Awards 2019

The search is on to find the Best of British Engineering in the prestigious Semta Skills Awards which include new categories to recognise the importance of apprentices to companies both large and small.

Nominations are now open for the eight categories and the successful finalists will join more than 550 guests from across the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London to celebrate the Best of British Engineering on Thursday 21st March 2019.

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Aerospace Sector Delivers Pledge for Gender Balance

19th July 2018

ADS (Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space) have announced the results of a gender equality pledge held within the aerospace sector.

50 aerospace/aviation companies in the UK's aerospace and aviation sectors have come together to work towards gender equality in the industry, signing up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter.

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Engineering Skills Champion Urges Country to Back Team UK Engineers in Hungary

22nd May 2018

WSUK GFF RGBThe leading organisation championing skills in UK advanced engineering and manufacturing has issued a message of congratulations to those chosen to put their wits to the test at a key international skills competition this autumn – and a rallying cry to the sector, and the nation, to get behind them.

Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise of 22 elite competitors from a wide range of disciplines – including five from the world of engineering.

The engineering competitors are:

  • Elliott Dawson (CNC Milling, aged 20, Training 2000 Ltd)
  • Ross Megahy (Mechanical Engineering: CAD, aged 21, New College Lanarkshire)
  • Jack Dakin (Mechatronics, aged 22, Toyota Manufacturing Ltd)
  • Danny Slater (Mechatronics, aged 24, Toyota Manufacturing Ltd)
  • Scott Kerr (Welding, aged 21 Coleg Menai)

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'Semta' Sam Making Waves

2nd May 2018

Brilliant Engineer Powers Energy Breakthrough 

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A Brilliant young engineer Sam Etherington, is on the crest of a wave as his low cost efficient energy generator is launched in Glasgow – and begins final testing off the Shetland Islands.

Having grown up in the Lake District and developed expertise in his family engineering business, design engineer Sam Etherington saw the potential of wave power technology. Compelled to overhaul the sector and bring a new approach, he founded Aqua Power Technologies Limited where he invented MANTA, a wave energy generator which converts the rising and falling of ocean waves into electricity. In optimal conditions, one MANTA alone has the potential to power as many as five homes, making it accessible even in some of the UK's most remote coastal areas.

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Judith is Best of British Engineering

2nd March 2018

Young Scottish Apprentice is Icon of Engineering

A talented young engineer has been named as the Best of British Engineering at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards 2018 in London.

21-year -old Judith Mair, who works for Rolls-Royce in Derby received a standing ovation from more than 500 luminaries from the world of engineering – who hailed her meteoric rise to success.

Judith also won the Apprentice of the Year award category, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd.

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New Report Supports Direction of Travel on Use of Qualifications in Apprenticeships

12th February 2018

The new Institute for Apprenticeships policy of allowing off-the-job technical qualifications in apprenticeships will be welcomed by the engineering sector, says Semta, the not-for-profit employer-led body tasked with securing the sector's skills pipeline.

Following a change to the Institute's guidance, off-the-job technical qualifications, such as technical certificates that show evidence of knowledge, will be allowed to be included in apprenticeship standards if employers are willing to cover the costs of registration and certification. The move is part of a wider drive by the Institute to make the process of apprenticeship standards development faster and better.

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