Young engineer overcomes challenges to clinch role model award - The Rugby Observer

Young engineer overcomes challenges to clinch role model award

AN AMBITIOUS young engineer from Rugby has overcome a number of challenges to be recognised as a role model for his industry at an awards ceremony.

Jamie Clarke, who works for LISI Aerospace in the town, was awarded the Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year Award at the Enginuity Skills Awards.

The award, sponsored by UCAS, recognises an apprentice whose dedication to learning and skill development has positively impacted their workplace, and who serves as a role model to inspire others towards careers in engineering and manufacturing.

To pursue his dream of becoming an engineer, Jamie had to overcome several challenges including dyslexia and several health issues.

As a training instructor for engineering at the Sea Cadets unit in Coventry and as an ambassador for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Jamie is an active promoter of skills.

The judges of the awards were particularly impressed by his contributions to his employer through productivity enhancements, training rig designs, safety improvements, and troubleshooting.

Jamie said: “Engineering is important to me as my granddad was an electrical engineer.

“It’s hard to put into words what winning this award means to me.”

The award ceremony, run by Enginuity – the charity dedicated to closing skills gaps in UK engineering and manufacturing – was hosted by Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and award-winning broadcaster Steph McGovern at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole during Smart Manufacturing and Engineering Week.

Ann Watson, Chief Executive of Enginuity, said: “Jamie is a great example of how young people can be inspired and engaged with careers available in engineering and manufacturing.

“Being a champion of STEM skills and apprenticeships in his work has helped Jamie win the Advanced Level Apprentice of the Year Award, which is a great achievement.”

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