Newcastle-under-Lyme apprentice shortlisted for prestigious national award

ABB’s Josh Barber has been unveiled as finalist in the Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards
An apprentice trainee at ABB’s facility in Stone has been announced as a finalist in a nationwide competition to recognize the best and brightest apprentices and technicians. Finalist Josh Barber from Newcastle-under-Lyme is now set to join top apprentices at a prestigious London awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Apprentice and Technician Awards scheme aims to raise the profile of the good work that apprentices and technicians contribute to engineering businesses. Josh was selected as a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category in recognition of his outstanding engineering or technical understanding and his work as a role model.
Josh will now join the rest of the shortlisted applicants at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will take place in London on 16 November 2016, where the winner in each category will be announced. Winners will walk away with a trophy, certificate, £1,000 and two years free membership of the IET. The IET will also cover the cost of the apprentice winner’s technician professional registration application fee, when they are ready to apply.

Josh said: “I am very excited to be a finalist in the IET Achievement Awards and am looking forward to the awards event. My apprenticeship has combined work experience with academic studies and I feel like my work makes an important contribution. Because many senior managers at ABB started out as apprentices, I can see by example the possible career paths that I can follow.”

Jon Downs, Director Grid Integration UK and Ireland, said: “Everyone at ABB in Stone is proud to see Josh achieving recognition from the IET for his hard work and commitment.”

Professor Jeremy Watson incoming IET President said: “The standard of this year’s entries was higher than ever making the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Apprentice and Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their role. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to their companies. “They have been recognised by the IET for their achievements and for being role models to future generations of engineering apprentices by having the potential to inspire others to develop their own engineering career.”

Find out more about the Apprentice and Technician Awards here

Josh Barber