15 November 2017
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the winner of its annual Apprentice of the Year Award, which recognises individuals who have made exceptional engineering contributions to their profession or operational area.
Magdalena Dyga, a Manufacturing Laboratory Technologist, was chosen as Apprentice of the Year from a shortlist of three for her outstanding work as a specialist science apprentice at Rolls Royce Plc.
Magdalena received a prize consisting of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 and two years’ free IET membership.
IET President Nick Winser CBE said: “This is a fantastic achievement and Magdalena should be very proud to win this award against strong competition in her category.
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Apprentice Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through 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.”
Magdalena commented: “I am over the moon with this award from the IET. Being nominated was recognition enough but winning is unbelievable. It shows that working hard and applying yourself really does pay off.
"I chose an apprenticeship as a route into engineering for the opportunity to balance my studies with hands-on work experience and to gain knowledge directly from people working in the industry. Engineering allows you to be involved in innovation and making a difference to society. I hope this kind of award inspires more young people to choose engineering as a profession.”
The two other shortlisted candidates for the apprentice award were:
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 Awards on the IET Achievement Awards website.