The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today revealed the finalists in a new international competition to recognise the best and the brightest apprentices and technicians. The nine finalists are now set to join Liz Bonnin at a prestigious London Awards ceremony, where the winners will be announced.

The brand new Apprentice and Technician Awards scheme aims to raise the profile of the good work that apprentices and technicians contribute to engineering businesses. The finalists were selected across three categories: IET Apprentice of the Year; IET Technician of the Year and IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year. All of the individuals shortlisted displayed outstanding engineering or technical understanding and ability and were also recognised for their ambassadorial roles in schools, through volunteer work and as role models.

The IET Achievement Awards ceremony will take place in London on Wednesday, 20 November 2013, where the winner in each category will be announced. Winners will walk away with £1,000, two years free membership of the IET and payment of their professional registration fees.

Professor Andy Hopper, IET President said:

The finalists should be very proud to be shortlisted in the Institution of Engineering and Technology Apprentice and Technician Awards. They were selected from a stellar line up of apprentices as some of the most exceptional young individuals working in their field.

The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Inspiring Engineering Excellence Awards Series, which last year provided over £500,000 to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. All of our awards seek to inspire engineering excellence, right from apprentices and technicians at the start of their careers through to highly established professionals.”

IET LogoA spokesperson from GCHQ, which is sponsoring the awards said:

"The Apprentice and Technician Awards scheme is a particularly special scheme because it acknowledges the significant impact that young people are having on engineering businesses through boosting productivity and enhancing the skills base. Modern apprenticeships in particular are a genuine alternative to University education and lead to just as rewarding a career path. There are three prizes available so it’s a great accolade to be shortlisted in one of these categories against such stiff competition."

The full shortlist includes:

Mr Anthony Benton

Miss Lydia Feasey

Andrew Smith

Mr Stephen Gould

Mr Andrew Knowles

Mr Michael Major

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Cheesman

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) David Emmerson

Corporal (Cpl) D Haggarty

Find out more about the Apprentice and Technician Awards here www.theiet.org/apprentice-awards.

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