Emily Tillet has been unveiled as Developing U’s Apprentice of the Year.
Emily, who plies her trade as a mechanical engineering apprentice with AIM Composites, has achieved superb results.
And as a result, she has been put forward by her employer to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship in quality.
Emily started life at AIM Composites back in 2016, undertaking a Level 2NVQ in composite laminating.
A spokesperson for Developing U said: “From day one, Emily has displayed an excellent attitude and willingness to learn new skills and knowledge.
“Since completing her Level 2 apprenticeship, AIM, decided to put her forward for a Level 3 and she has taken the opportunity with both hands.
“Emily has made the role her own and is not only a credit to herself but to the college and AIM. She should be should be really proud of what she has achieved.
“Surpassing expectations, Emily is fully deserving of the title and award of Apprentice of the Year 2018.”
Emily has spoken of her delight at the news, insisting the apprenticeship has proven life changing.
“I cannot believe I have won the award but I am extremely proud to have done so,” she said.
“It shows engineering isn’t just a male-orientated environment and that every year more and more women enter the industry.
“This apprenticeship has made me push myself over the last nine months in subjects I never have done before and never thought that I would do.
“My supervisors and mentors have helped me a lot as they have seen more potential in me than I thought I had. They have pushed me to come out of my shell and made me aware of the skills I didn’t even know I had.
“If anyone is thinking about undertaking an apprenticeship, my advice would be to do so.
“It is great to be in a workplace while studying to claim a qualification.
“The support your get is fantastic and for people who perhaps feel university isn’t for them, it can be ideal.”