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IET Apprentice of the Year

Award for an individual in at least the second year of an IET Approved Apprentice scheme (PDF), making substantial contributions towards their employer or operational area.

  • A report and evidence of the contribution will form part of the application or nomination.  
  • If you are applying for this award you will be required to submit an endorsement statement in addition to the application form.
  • The prize will consist of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 cash and two years free IET membership including technician professional registration application fee when the winner is ready to apply.

If you are currently an apprentice or have recently completed your apprenticeship and you are using evidence gained during your apprenticeship, please apply for the apprentice award. 

If you are a IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme coordinator or supervise apprentices on an IET Approved Apprenticeship scheme who you feel should be recognised, please nominate them for this award.

 

IET Technician of the Year

Award for an individual who has registered as EngTech or ICTTech within the last two years to recognise exceptional engineering contribution to the profession with emphasis on how  they have demonstrated exceptional commitment to engineering or technology through their technical or professional development.

  • Include a brief curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two pages with the application or nomination.
  • A report and evidence of the contribution will form part of the application or nomination.  
  • If you are applying for this award you will be required to attach an endorsement statement to the online form.
  • The prize will consist of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 cash and two years free IET membership.

We welcome applications or nominations from EngTech or ICTTech Technicians from the engineering, technology or education support sectors around the world. United Kingdom MOD civil servants are welcome to apply or be nominated for this award

 

IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year

Award for an individual to recognise exceptional engineering contribution to the profession with  emphasis on how they have demonstrated  commitment to engineering or technology through their technical or professional development.  

  • Include a brief curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than two pages with the application or nomination.
  • A report and evidence of the contribution will form part of the application or nomination.
  • If you are applying for this award you will be required to attach an endorsement statement to the online form.
  • Do NOT include classified information in the report.
  • The prize will consist of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 cash and two years free IET membership.

We welcome applications or nominations for current serving members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces.

If you have problems downloading or accessing the online form, please contact awards@theiet.org or +44 (0)1438 767 679 for assistance.

    

Awards Ceremony

The 2016 short-listed applicants will be invited to The IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will take place in London in November 2016, the winner in each category will be announced at the ceremony.  This high profile event will be attended by influential people offering excellent networking opportunities and will provide the winners with an opportunity to raise their profile within the engineering industry.

 

How to apply

  • To apply or nominate, please complete the online form  via the link on the right hand side.
  • You may apply or nominate for only one award category.
  • If you are applying for this award the Endorsement Statement needs to be attached to the online form before the application can be accepted.  Please note plenty of time will be necessary for the applicant to send and receive the Endorsement Statement and attach it to the online form.
  • Once you have started your nomination or application you can continue to work on it until the deadline date.
  • Neither the applicant or nominator need to be an IET Member to apply or nominate.

Most correspondence with the applicants and nominator (and if required endorsers) will be via email. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on awards@theiet.org.

 

Deadline

The deadline for completed online forms is Friday, 27 May 2016 at 17:00 (BST).

 

Frequently asked questions

1. Q

Does  the description of the work undertaken need to include classified information for my application to be considered?

  A Do NOT include classified information in the report.
     
2. Q

Which award do I apply or nominate for if I am a United Kingdom MOD civil servant?

  A Please apply or nominate for the Apprentice or Technician of the Year Award.
     
3. Q

Which award do I apply or nominate for if the individual is about to complete their apprenticeship or they have recently completed their apprenticeship?

  A If the individual is still an apprentice or has recently completed their apprenticeship and you are using evidence gained during their apprenticeship, please apply or nominate for the apprentice award.
     
4. Q

May I apply or nominate for more than one category of award?

  A No, please chose one of the three categories:

IET Apprentice of the Year
IET Technician of the Year
IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year

 

2015 Winners

       

2015 Apprentice of the Year - James Garnham

Image of James Garnham  

James is an apprentice test engineer in the Solution Validation Services Centre of Excellence at Cisco Systems Ltd. James was instrumental in Cisco’s lab consolidation project, involved in the installation of EnergyWise IP power distribution units into the Cisco labs. Implementing this technology allowed Cisco Engineers to power off their test beds remotely and enabled power scheduling that automatically shuts down the test bed. He has shared his experiences at Career Fairs to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and technology, especially in technological labs.

2015 Technician of the Year - Sam Wicks MIET

Image of Sam Wicks

Sam is a Data Centre Design Engineer at Sudlows were he has developed a bespoke Computational Fluid Dynamics software analysis tool. He has recently been involved in the design, selection and testing of a complex mechanical cooling system. The new data centre was required to be resilient and "self-heal" by detecting and isolating faults, whilst maintaining continuous cooling to the IT infrastructure housed within. Working in partnership with the Research and Design departments of Sudlow's supply chain partners, he succeeded in designing the bespoke system.

2015 Armed Forces Technician of the Year - Sgt Craig Fulford

Image of Sgt Craig Fulford

Sgt Fulford is a REME electronics technician serving as a Medical and Dental technician based at 33 Vanguard Field Hospital. He was deployed to Kenya where he was awarded a Commanders commendation for his efforts in improving the medical logistics and dynamic availability of equipment. During the height of the Ebola crisis he deployed to Sierra Leone as the sole technician responsible for the inspection and maintenance of the equipment within the Ebola treatment facility and the field hospital.

      

2014 Winners


 2014 Apprentice of the Year - Jade Aspinall

Image of Jade Aspinall Jade is an apprentice at MBDA UK.  Placed as a Manufacturing Engineer, her first responsibility was on a Brimstone radar seeker attrition project. Following on from his project, she worked with a Principle Engineer to create a training module for new starters and apprentices allowing them to understand the assembly, engineering and logistics processes behind the full strip and build of a Brimstone Seeker. She has given promotional and motivational speeches at numerous events on the importance of women in engineering and has promoted engineering to young people, employers, parents and MPs.

 

2014 Technician of the Year - James Winson EngTech TMIET

Image of James Winson James joined Atkins in 2009 as an Electrical and Electronic apprentice and undertook various tasks including installation, commissioning and design. He is currently an Assistant Telecoms Engineer and is working on the design of major projects including the £300 million London Underground (LU) Stabilisation Programme. The programme aims to upgrade life-expired equipment across the underground network. James is involved with the “EngTech Now” campaign which educates young people interested in an engineering career about the benefits of professional registration.

 

2014 Armed Forces Technician of the Year - Corporal (Cpl) Aled Phoenix

Image of Corporal Aled Phoenix Cpl Phoenix is an Electronic Technician in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. When he  was deployed to Afghanistan, as the only technician on location he found himself required to provide the whole spectrum of technical support beyond the limitations of his trade specialism, Base Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance systems. His technical aptitude was stretched to its limits and he performed repairs on previously unseen equipment whilst participating in mounted patrols on an armoured vehicle with an infantry unit within high threat areas of Afghanistan.

 

See also

May 2015 Press release: IET search for UK's brightest sparks (source: The Apprenticeship Guide) 

May 2015 Press release: Meet last year's IET Apprentice of the Year ... (Source: IMechE)

Find out more about the 2015 winners and finalists

Find out more about the 2014 winners and finalists

Find out more about the 2013 winners and finalists

2016 Key dates

Deadline

Apprentice and Technician Submissions:
27 May 2016, 17:00 (BST)

Ceremony

IET Achievement Awards:
16 November 2016, 13:00 (GMT)

 

Submit an application or nomination

2016 online submission form

    

Related links

Endorsement Statement (DOC)

Candidate Criteria Guidance (PDF)

 

See also 

2015 Winners and finalists

2014 Winners and finalists

2013 Winners and finalists