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WINNER! Apprentice of the Year - SME Employer

Kaylee McNallyKaylee McNally
Arlington Automotive

Kaylee McNally, an engineering apprentice from County Durham-based automotive components manufacturer Arlington Automotive, was recognised as being amongst the brightest and best young engineers in the UK, at the sixth annual Semta Skills Awards. She received the award for Apprentice of the Year from an SME Employer, sponsored by EAL.

Kaylee was recognised for her talents as an engineering apprentice and for the work she does introducing other young people to the opportunities that a career in advanced manufacturing and engineering offers. Kaylee's knowledge of new technologies like 3D printing has been extremely valuable to Arlington Automotive, and one of Kaylee's projects has also saved them £250,000 in general overheads and labour costs.

Kaylee is extremely passionate about increasing inclusivity and diversity in the advanced manufacturing and engineering industry. She plays an active role in Arlington Automotive's work experience programmes; inspiring more pupils, especially young women, to consider a career in the sector. She's also heavily involved in ArlingtonAutomotive's commitment to providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities or learning difficulties.

"I'm delighted to win, both for myself and Arlington Automotive," said Kaylee. "It will also massively help with my involvement in STEM activity, inspiring my peers and younger generations to enter this sector in the future."

Kaylee puts her own passion for engineering down to the fact that, from a young age, she spent many hours in the garage and going to motorsport events with her father.

The Apprentice of the Year - SME Employer runners up were: Christian Attewell (FANUC UK Ltd) and Zach Hampshire (Lambert Engineering Limited). 

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