Twenty-one-year-old Samantha, who is an Applications Engineer for Dale Power Solutions, was presented with the IET’s Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices at the prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards ceremony in the heart of London last night.
The late Mary George CBE joined the Electrical Association for Women in 1956 having previously been a Civil Servant with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The prize is given to a young female apprentice who shows great promise and potential in the profession and is tipped to be one of tomorrow’s leaders in engineering.
Samantha’s role involves working out customers exact requirements and putting together quotes and specifications. On winning, she said: “I’m speechless. It feels amazing to have won this award and have my work recognised on a national scale.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic route to take and I want to thank my company, Dale Power Solutions, for the amazing opportunities they have given me.”
These prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls.
As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. Just 12% of those working in engineering and technical occupations are women (source: Engineering UK).
Other winners of the night included Ying Wan Loh (28), who won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award, Dr Claire Lucas (33), who won the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) prize and Wing Commander Glynis Dean who won the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award. Finalists Charlotte Buffey, Amber O’Connor and Shrouk El-Attar were all highly commended.
Jo Foster, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the IET, said: “I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and finalists of this year’s awards. They are a real credit to the engineering profession and will make excellent role models to young girls who might be thinking about a career in engineering and technology.
“It’s vital we champion engineering careers to the next generation – it’s a diverse, creative and exciting career, which offers the opportunity to do something life – or even – world-changing.”
Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Rt Hon Chris Skidmore added: “It is crucial that we recognise the importance of this industry in advancing society and economic growth. Boosting engineering is a top priority for the Government, and it is events like this that are helping to transform our agenda on this topic.
“I would like to congratulate all nominees and winners for taking part in this year’s awards. As some of the most promising young women in the UK, you are truly inspirational role models for women across the country. You should all take great pride in everything you have achieved.”
The winners were announced at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony on 5 December at IET London: Savoy Place.
This year’s YWE Awards are being sponsored by Analog Devices, BAE Systems, Boeing, BP, BT, Collins Aerospace, Frazer-Nash, GCHQ, GKN Driveline, Leonardo, MBDA, Ofcom, Protolabs, RAF, Royal Mail, RS Components, Teledyne e2v and Wiley.
To find out more information, please visit the IET YWE website.