20 November 2018

A former student has been awarded a prestigious prize for her "exceptional engineering contribution".

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) named Phoebe Loveridge as the winner of its annual Apprentice of the Year Award.

Phoebe, an engineering surveyor with the Submarine Delivery Agency, HMNB Devonport, was chosen as Apprentice of the Year from a shortlist of three - she left Stoke Damerel after completing Sixth Form in 2015.

During her apprenticeship, Phoebe stood out from the outset from her peers. She readily volunteered for all STEM events in local schools, working with children during a six week STEM event to encourage women in engineering within the local area.

Phoebe said it  was a "great honour" to receive the award from the IET and to be able to represent and inspire young engineers and apprentices.

“My apprenticeship provided a route into a fulfilling and rewarding career. It also allowed me to volunteer in my local area to spread the importance of STEM education and careers in engineering amongst young people, especially girls. It truly is a career where you can make a difference and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Phoebe volunteered to undertake a placement in one of the MoD’s industry partners, as a constructive trainee. This allowed her to gain a unique insight into how the relationship between the customer, the contractor and MoD worked to benefit of the tax payer, as well as gaining experience to enhance her role as a surveyor. In her final year, Phoebe was selected to fill a vacant surveyor’s role. Not only did Phoebe excel in this role, she completed her apprenticeship five months early, with offers for all four roles she had applied for.

Phoebe received a prize consisting of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 and two years’ free IET membership.

IET President Mike Carr said: “This is a fantastic achievement and Pheobe 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. As a former apprentice myself it is a fantastic grounding for a career. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to their companies.”

The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1m 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 Achievement Awards here: www.theiet.org/achievement.