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Finalists unveiled in IET Apprentice and Technician Awards

The IET has just announced the finalists for its series of annual awards designed to recognise exceptional apprentices and technicians.

The winners will be announced at the IET Achievement Awards ceremony held in London on 16 November. Presented by engineer and TV personality Kate Bellingham, here they’ll be awarded prizes that include £1,000 cash and two years free IET membership.

The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s wider awards and scholarships programme, which in 2016 has provided over £1million in prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.

The finalist shortlist highlights achievements across a wide spectrum of engineering areas including wind farm grid connection, microscope development and improving MOD communication networks.

Each award has three finalists waiting to hear the outcome. Nominees for the Apprentice of the Year award are ABB apprentice circuit engineer Josh Barber, commended for his major contribution to a client’s wind farm grid connection, Leonardo's Marc Bartholomew, who recently won an internal award for the oil surveys he conducted in Malaysia, and Joe Carter, a third year applications apprentice at Carl Zeiss Microscopy, who developed a microscope prototype.

In the Technician of the Year category are Sam Moloney from Leonardo, Andrew Nicholson from Arcadis Consulting and Ozair Said from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Consecutively they have developed a sophisticated design for electronic vehicle architecture, changed the way Arcadis operates and collaborates with its clients and led the way in producing a custom telecommunications systems Building Information Modelling (BIM) library.

In the Armed Forces category are three outstanding technicians; Corporal Andrew Gittins, Staff Sergeant Kurt Knight and Staff Sergeant Nicholas Statham.

Corporal Gittins has been recognised for his help improving RAF information services to overseas operations while maintaining the high level of cyber protection and security required by the MOD.

Staff Sergeant Knight was the lead electrical engineer for the design and construction of two Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone, while Staff Sergeant Statham has been acknowledged for designing and project-managing the construction of mission-critical fuel storage facilities and fuel installations in both Cyprus and the UK.

“The standard of this year’s entries was higher than ever, making the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Apprentice and Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their role," says Professor Jeremy Watson, incoming IET President. "They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to their companies." 

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