Apprentice of the year award
In 2009, Katie Lester, a third year apprentice from our Tilbury Power Station, won the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineering Apprentice of the Year.
The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The Young Woman Engineering Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates the very best young female engineers in the UK, highlighting their achievements and encouraging others to enter the profession.
The judging panel were looking for somebody under the age of 30 who was already holding a responsible position as a leading professional engineer and with the flair, charisma and experience to enable her to present engineering as an exciting career and entice others to follow in her footsteps.
Commenting on receiving the award, Katie said: “Engineering is a brilliant career and I want to inspire other people to consider it. I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of all my colleagues at Tilbury – they have trained me and given me guidance the entire way through my apprenticeship.”
In 2007 Katie also won the RWE npower Apprentice of the Year Award and Engineering Student of the Year 2008 for Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. Katie has also been involved in setting up a recruitment event for our apprenticeship programme at Tilbury Power Station, to encourage young people to apply for our Apprenticeship Scheme.