Two female engineering apprentices being trained at the MTC have reached the regional final of Make UK’s prestigious Manufacturing Awards.
Nineteen-year-old Davina Kaur is shortlisted in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside finals of the Apprentice Endeavour Award, while 37 year-old Camila Rey da Rosa is a South regional finalist in the Engineering Apprentice Rising Star category.
Davina’s nomination recognises her inspirational personal and professional transformation through her apprenticeship, as well as noting her commitment to the manufacturing sector as an ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) careers and apprenticeships.
Based in Stokeley, North Yorkshire, the apprentice robot technician with Labman Automation has already scooped several national awards including the top accolade of the Best of British Engineering Award at the 2021 Enginuity Skills Awards.
Davina joined the MTC’s apprenticeship programme in September 2018 when she was battling severe mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. With the support of the team at MTC Apprenticeships, she has overcome her challenges and exceeded even her own expectations to become one of the training provider’s highest performing and most ambitious learners.
Meanwhile, Camila’s nomination celebrates her impressive contributions to her employer, Amazon, just two years into her role as a reliability maintenance engineering apprentice technician at their fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead, alongside her exceptional commitment and tenacious attitude to her own professional development.
After making the courageous decision to change careers to pursue her engineering passion in her mid 30s, Brazilian-born Camila is excelling in her apprenticeship. As well as studying in her second language, she is the first female technician on her site and often volunteers to work on pre-shift projects to maximise her exposure to new skills and techniques from her mentors.
The nomination also recognises her work to demystify engineering and encourage more girls and women from all backgrounds into the sector through initiatives including her role as vice-chair of the Women in Engineering Society’s (WES) Apprentice Board.
Both apprentices hope to use their achievement as a platform to inspire and encourage others in the manufacturing sector.
Both apprentices are trained by MTC Apprenticeships at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry. The independent training provider is a champion of future skills, and aims to help close the UK’s STEM skills gap by giving new and existing engineers the expertise the industry needs, both today and tomorrow.
The annual Make UK Manufacturing Awards highlight the resilience, determination and ingenuity of the UK’s manufacturing community. Regional finals will be held across the country in October and November, before the overall winners are announced at the national awards ceremony in January 2022.
More information about the awards and Make UK’s work can be found at https://www.makeuk.org/news-and-events/awards-and-competitions/manufacturing-awards#More%20details
Share this page: