Press release

The IET launches search for best UK Armed Forces apprentices and technicians for annual awards

16 March 2016

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has opened its call for entries to find the most exceptional apprentices and technicians from the United Kingdom Armed Forces in 2016.

The Apprentice and Technician awards recognise the excellent contribution and commitment made to engineering or technology. They also aim to raise the profile and impact of the high quality work they do day-to-day in their jobs.

UK Armed Forces apprentices and technicians are eligible to apply for one of two categories:  The IET Apprentice of the Year and the IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year.

Winners are judged on their engineering and technical ability, their knowledge and understanding and their efforts in promoting engineering, whether in schools, through volunteer work or as role models. 

Alongside a winner’s trophy, awarded at a prestigious prize-giving ceremony in London in November, there is a cash prize of £1,000 for each winner and two years’ free membership of the IET. 

Last year, the Armed Forces Technician prize was awarded to Sergeant Craig Fulford for his work in Kenya and Sierra Leone at the height of the Ebola Crisis. 

As an electronic technician serving with the British Army Medical and Dental Technician Team, Craig was responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment critical to fighting Ebola. On winning the award he said: 

“Not only does the prize recognise my achievements, but it also highlights the many technicians like myself who keep our Armed Forces prepared and ready for all eventualities, whether it is for defence purposes or humanitarian purposes, which I’m particularly proud to be a part of.”

Linda Deleay, IET Awards & Prizes Manager, said: “Serving technicians like Craig are very often the unsung heroes of our Armed Forces. We hope that the IET Armed Forces Technician Award will help us in highlighting the people who play an important role in the armed forces, whether it be in the front line or behind the scenes – both are equally as important.”

Entrants can find out more about the Apprentice and Armed Forces Technician Awards www.theiet.org/techawards.

Any entries must be submitted by Friday 27 May 2016 and the winners will be announced at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will take place in London on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.