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Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards

The winners in each category were announced at the 2018 IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, read about this year's shortlist below.


2018 Apprentice Award Winner And Finalists

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Phoebe Loveridge - Winner

Phoebe is a qualified Engineering Surveyor working within the HMS Triumph Revalidation and Assisted Maintenance Period Team. She recently completed the DE&S Advanced Engineering Management Apprenticeship within HMNB Devonport, gaining theoretical and practical experience within her placements on multi-million pound projects. She attained many qualifications including a HNC in Marine Engineering and is now working towards a FdSc in Naval Architecture. Phoebe is actively involved in STEM, encouraging local school children and women to get involved in STEM careers. Phoebe excelled in her apprenticeship, completing her apprenticeship 5 months early with offers for all 3 roles she had applied for.

Image of Tatiana Peters   Tatiana Peters - Finalist

Tatiana is a Mechanical Engineering apprentice at MBDA. She is currently working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship and recently achieved a Distinction in a Mechanical Engineering HND. She has undertaken varied placements throughout MBDA, including working with the Seawolf missile, contributing to cost savings of over £3000, as well as working with the UK Special Advisor and the Defence Growth Partnership. Tatiana enjoys being a role model, promoting STEM to students, parents and teachers, and is the MBDA Chair for the Year Of Engineering committee, an ambassador for the Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (YAAN) and a STEM Ambassador.
Image of Abigail Sampson   Abigail Sampson - Finalist

Abbie joined Leonardo in 2015 as a Technical Apprentice and is now in her final year. She is currently working on achieving a HNC in General Engineering after completing her level 3 General Engineering BTEC with a double distinction*. For her final placement in Systems engineering, Abbie is working on key projects in Land Systems, with a high involvement with the development of the company’s Vehicle Mission Systems (VMS) demonstrator for customer visits and exhibitions. Abigail also supports STEM activities throughout the business; she is heavily involved in school visits, open evenings and other activities that support STEM in Leonardo and the local community.

2018 Technician Award Winner And Finalists

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Neeraj Kumar Sharma - Winner

Neeraj Kumar Sharma is a geotechnical engineer at Atkins, India, working in the Bangalore Global Design Centre (GDC) office. He has diverse work experience in the Middle East – Doha Metro, UK – A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Highway and South Asian- Colombo Port City projects. He has recently taken on Project Management roles within the organisation, preparing cost estimates and bidding documents and mentoring the incoming graduates. Neeraj has taken leads on developing award-winning tools to automate routine design tasks and sharing the developments with the wider team. Neeraj takes a proactive role in promoting and raising awareness about STEM subjects in Government Public schools near the Atkins Bangalore office.

Image of David Gillespie David Gillespie - Finalist

David is currently completing UTC Aerospace Systems’ first Industrial Doctorate in partnership with the University of Strathclyde. David has over 18 years’ experience in Aerospace Research, previously working with Spirit Aerosystems’ Advance Technology Centre. David joined UTC in April 2017 as an R&D Engineer at their Prestwick site where he conducts practical research into improving the process control systems used for repairs of Aerospace structures. His research has resulted in the development of processes that have substantially lowered both the energy cost and carbon footprint typically associated with curing of composite parts. David is also a STEM Ambassador and is very involved in raising the profile and awareness of STEM careers.
Image of Idris Oseni   Idris Oseni - Finalist

Idris is an experienced Automation Engineer, working in the Technical division of Heineken International. He has more than 3 years working in Leadership, Electrical Controls, Maintenance (PPM,CM,RCM) and Continuous Improvement(TPM). He supports the brewery by optimizing the balance between cost and effectiveness of its assets through world class maintenance practices focusing on process control and automation. Idris's contributions span from leading the project to the actual execution and result realization. Idris is an excellent role model, previously managing key activities for his local STEM network. He was recently invited as a guest of honour to the first Engineering workshop at Covenant University, Nigeria.
Image of Faheem Parkar   Faheem Parkar - Finalist

Following completion of his BEng (Hons) in Electronics Engineering, Faheem Parkar joined Kier Group in January 2017 as a Graduate Technology Engineer. Under senior supervision and support, Faheem has solely managed technology projects in excess of £1.5m, and provided an input to schemes in excess of this value. Faheem volunteers for many Kier corporate events, activities, and initiatives, where he positively influences across many of the groups business units, clients, and stakeholders. Faheem is an advocate of Health & Safety. Faheem is the only graduate to sit on the industry-wide UK Safer Highways Advisory Council, enthusiastically promoting high levels of Safety behaviours across the entire highways industry.

2018 Armed Forces Technician Award Winner And Finalists

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Sergeant (Sgt) Daniel Hardwick - Winner

Sergeant Hardwick is an RAF Mechanical Aircraft Technician with over 20 Years’ experience in aircraft maintenance, modification and rectification. Sgt Hardwick was the mechanical trade leader for Operation KIPION, managing six Tornado GR4 aircraft. Recognising an inherent issue with the design of the Tornado GR4 rudder extraction mandrel, Sgt Hardwick identified the problem and in his own time designed a tool with improved strength, reduced wastage of material, and aided means of extraction should it fail. Forecast savings are over £18,500. Dan also volunteers much of his spare time developing, and participating in, interactive STEM activities to promote engineering futures in local Schools and Air Cadet Squadrons.

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Petty Officer Air Engineering Technician (POAET) (Avionics) James Hughes- Finalist

POAET Hughes is a Senior Avionics Air Engineering Technician at 847 Naval Air Squadron, a Royal Navy frontline Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) squadron that operates the Wildcat AH 1. Hughes is a Wildcat subject matter expert and part of his role is to prepare his section for upcoming detachments and deployments in the UK and overseas, procuring spares, consumables and technical information. James has served in Afghanistan, Arizona and Norway and most recently provided humanitarian and disaster relief in the Caribbean. He graduates from his Engineering Management degree in January. He is also an organisational member of Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE).

Image of Ellie Little   Corporal (Cpl) Eleanor Little - Finalist

Cpl Little has been an RAF Avionics Technician for 11 years, after completing a BSC(Hons) in Computing. She has worked on the Tornado aircraft, at front line and within depth maintenance, earning an NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering. She is an inspector in the Air Elect Bay at Royal Air Force Marham, producing and maintaining assets for the Tornado fleet enabling them to keep operating in the UK and overseas. She manages a team of 4 engineers from the RAF and civilian Sub Contractors. In addition, she regularly participates in STEM events, focusing on promoting women in technical and engineering jobs.