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Talented engineers, companies and training providers urged to enter prestigious industry awards

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A prestigious industry-backed set of engineering awards is now open for nominations – and the body responsible is urging talented individuals and companies to put themselves forward to be in with a chance of winning.

Semta, the engineering skills body, has been running its annual Semta Skills Awards for five years.

The 2018 awards – which will be hosted by BBC journalist, presenter and former Young Engineer for Britain, Steph McGovern - are set to take place on Thursday 1st March at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, with entries open from 1st September 2017 until November 30th.


Since their inception, the awards have grown and over 500 people attended this year's (2017) awards ceremony – including well-known senior names from industry and politics.

Semta Group CEO Ann Watson said:

"It may be Semta's name on the programme, but our awards are the engineering sector's awards - they exist to celebrate the amazing people working to make it a better, happier, more productive and more innovative place.

"I never fail to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication and talent of those who go on to win the awards, or by the overall quality of the entries we receive.

"We all know that British engineering is changing the world and solving the biggest challenges of our times, from fossil fuel depletion to making the most of automation – and the awards offer brilliant engineers and companies the opportunity to showcase their contribution to that."

There are eight award categories ranging from prizes for individual apprentices, higher and degree apprentices, technicians and skills champions to awards for training partners, skills innovators, and companies which champion diversity.

There is also a special award for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); in recognition of the vital role SMEs play in economic contribution, job creation and skills investment and development.

An overall Best of British Engineering will then be selected from the eight individual category winners.

Rita Davey, Skills Programme Manager at Jaguar Land Rover – who sponsored the SME Investment in Skills Award this year - said:

"The Semta Skills Awards are fantastic for getting national recognition for people and the work they do, but they are particularly useful for smaller businesses that are innovative but don't get the recognition they deserve.

"That's why we are delighted to once again sponsor the SME award and why we will certainly be encouraging our suppliers and the other smaller employers we work with to put themselves forward for 2018."

The 2017 Best of British Engineering award was won by Pippa Dressler-Pearson, an engineering apprentice with Southco Manufacturing Ltd – and she is urging people from engineering companies of all shapes and sizes to come forward and make the 2018 awards the biggest and best yet.

Ms Dressler-Pearson said:

"Winning the Best of British Engineering award has been an incredible experience and has truly changed my life for the better.

"Since winning I've been given a promotion by Southco, I've raised my profile and I've been given the opportunity to talk to young people about my experiences and inspire them to follow in my path.

"As a female engineer I'm also really proud that winning at the awards means I can be a strong role model for girls and women who want to get on in the sector – it's not just for boys and I am living proof of that fact."

Awards are available in eight different categories and are sponsored by companies from across the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector:

  1. Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd
  2. Higher Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation 
  3. Skills Champion – Sponsored by BAE Systems plc
  4. Skills Innovation – Sponsored by Siemens
  5. SME Investment in Skills – Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
  6. Training Partner of Year – Sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
  7. Technician of the Year – Sponsored by EAL
  8. Diversity in Engineering - Supported by Wise

Semta Skills Awards 2018 entries close on November 30th and can be submitted here.

For more information contact marketing@semta.org.uk or call 0845 643 9001.