Young female engineer named IET Apprentice of the Year scoops £1,000 prize.
Jade Aspinall, an apprentice at missile developer and manufacturer MBDA UK, has been awarded the title of IET Apprentice of the Year.
When she began at the company, her first responsibility was to work on a Brimstone radar seeker attrition project. Brimstone is an air-launched ground attack missile developed by MBDA specifically for Britain's Royal Air Force. After this, Jade worked with a principal engineer to create a training module for new starters and other apprentices that allowed them to understand the assembly, engineering and logistics processes behind the build of a Brimstone Seeker. The development of this project has meant that MBDA has been able to save both time and money. Jade has also 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.
As IET Apprentice of the Year,Jade has won a £1,000 prize,two years’ free membership of the IET and payment of her professional registration fees.She received her prize at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last November,hosted by science presenter,Steve Mould. But this award is by no means Jade’s first accolade - she has already been named SEMTA Skills National Apprentice of the Year and Best of British Engineering Winner.“It’s amazing to have been chosen as the IET Apprentice of the Year 2014,” she says. “I am very grateful for the support I have had throughout my apprenticeship and I’m hopeful that this win will encourage other young people to start a career in engineering.”
“Jade should be very proud to have been named IET Apprentice of the Year.The award recognises that she is one of the most exceptional young individuals working in her field.” William Webb, IET President, notes.“Apprentices and technicians are essential to the success of engineering companies but rarely receive accolades for their contribution to that success. These awards provide an opportunity for all in the profession to celebrate the best apprentices and technicians.”