Twenty-one-year-old Jessica from Betley, Crewe, has been an Engineering Degree Apprentice at Siemens since 2018 and works with the Production Engineering team tasked with creating new equipment and workspaces to improve factory productivity.
As the only female engineering apprentice at Siemens Congleton, Jess is very engaged with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and aims to inspire more young girls to follow in her footsteps.
She is a dedicated volunteer and has recently led the Rollercoaster Challenge; a school engagement project hosted a visit for International Women’s day for 30 young women from local schools and was involved in a hackathon which helped produce 400 life-saving ventilators a day.
On winning, she said: “I feel incredibly proud and honoured to win this prestigious award, not just for myself but also as it recognises the excellent training and development I have received on my Higher Apprenticeship through both my college, NSCG and from all my team at Siemens Congleton. It is my personal goal throughout my career to continue to develop my own knowledge and skills as well as encourage others to embrace STEM careers and apprenticeship pathways!"
The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.
IET President Professor Danielle George MBE, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Jessica who has made a big impact already so early on in her career. It is particularly inspiring that alongside her apprenticeship she is supporting other young girls to encourage greater uptake of women in STEM roles.
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Apprentice Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge throughout their work that went far beyond their roles. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to their companies – they are real difference makers.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
Find out more about the IET Achievement Awards here.