Support for technical apprentices

15 February 2011
IET Communications team
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The IET has once again shown its support for the next generation of engineers and technicians by presenting a new award to a rising star.

On 20 January 2011, the first “IET Technical Apprentice of the Year” award was proudly presented at the BAE Systems UK Apprenticeship Awards in Manchester.

The awards recognise the achievements of BAE Systems apprentices from across the UK, with nominated employees excelling both in the workplace and throughout their academic studies.

IET Head of Membership Recruitment Mark Organ and Regional Development Manager Mary Jane Halstead presented the Institution’s trophy to Rachael Carr, Wind Tunnel Engineer at BAE Systems’ Military Air and Information (MAI) site in Warton, Lancashire.

As well as being named IET Technical Apprentice of the Year, Rachael also received the overall “Apprentice of the Year” award.

Rachael said: “I’m shocked but delighted to have won and hope I can act as a role model to other young women who are considering working in engineering. I have worked on some fantastic aerospace projects so far and am sure this is the start of a really exciting career for me.”

Mark Organ added: “As a valued Business Partner, the IET continues to work alongside BAE Systems’ many business units across the UK to support their apprentices, technicians, graduates and engineers in their professional development.”

The IET believes apprenticeships are a great way to help young people into a career in engineering or technology, and has a number of initiatives to support apprentices and technicians; as well as approving high-quality apprenticeship schemes.

The organisation’s Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, also sits on the Technician Council, a body set up by government to promote the status of technicians.