The 2019 IPS International Annual Engineering Apprenticeship Awards took place on the 18th July at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Chatham and it didn’t disappoint! We had a great turn out of Apprentices with their employers and IPS Staff in attendance to celebrate their hard work and achievements.

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The awards ceremony is designed to celebrate the success of the Apprentices over the past two years. Year 1 and Year 2 Apprentices were nominated for awards for their outstanding work this year in their workshop skills capability and towards their BTEC and NVQ qualifications.

The initial part focussed on recognition of first-year Apprentice’s achievement in the workshop and their transition from education into the working environment. The second part of the awards evening celebrated success for our second-year Apprentices, who have completed the Engineering BTEC qualifications.

The awards were opened by IPS Director Don MacDonald, who invited the audience to give a round of applause to past IPS Apprentices who were themselves now employers of Apprentices. This was followed by applause and recognition going to all the employers for their ongoing support of their Apprentices. This was followed by a brilliant speech from one of the first-year Apprentices, Joshua Killick of DS Smith. With wit and humour Joshua explained his first-year journey, the importance of Apprenticeships, the benefits and how it can work for all age groups, whether you’re leaving school and looking to start a career or just looking to progress within your career path.

“I had two options, accept an offer from a university to study engineering or pursue an Apprenticeship option. After lots of research and talks with the high-profile engineers, it was obvious that there are significant benefits to an Apprenticeship in engineering rather than further education. As I’m sure you are aware, employers are looking for academically able employees, but who also have first hand experience in engineering and what better way to meet those criteria than completing a nationally recognised and respected Apprenticeship scheme offered by IPS?”

Don and Ramsay opening speech at the IPS Engineering Awards

Joshua Killick of DS Smith making his way to deliver his speech.

After a few words of thanks to IPS Trainers, IPS staff and his managers in DS Smith for their support and a round of applause for everybody’s achievements, Joshua finished on a quote from Sir Henry Royce.

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”

This lead us on to a farewell speech for IPS Trainer Paul Reynolds, who has recently retired from IPS. It was a pleasure to see Paul at the Awards, he was presented with a retirement present and it was a lovely moment for the Apprentices, employers and colleagues to applaud, thanking him and wishing him the very best. We will greatly miss him at IPS and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

Don and Ramsay opening speech at the IPS Engineering Awards

Farewell to Paul Reynolds’ IPS Engineering Training left with IPS Director Don Macdonald.

The Awards were then underway…

The learners were presented with shields, cups, and certificates and due to the fantastic sponsorship from businesses they were also awarded Amazon vouchers, as a further congratulation. IPS would like to thank the following companies for their generosity in sponsorship:

Huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees who have done brilliantly in their achievements.

We started with the IPS International Workshop Awards which included the Electrical and Mechanical Craft Cups. These awards take into consideration all the electrical/mechanical units studied and goes to the Apprentice that has attained a high level of competency in both the practical and the theoretical electrical/mechanical aspects. The winner of the 2019 Electrical Craft Cup was Daniel Wellard of Southeastern Railway and the winner of the 2019 Mechanical Craft Cup was Joshua Killick of DS Smith. Congratulations!

The BAE 2019 Project Award is a culmination of all knowledge learned throughout the academic year and the Apprentices are challenged to create a project with a specific criterion, which they then must present in a Dragon’s-Den style setting. This was given to the team of Ashley Dickeson and Thomas Wright.

We then had the 2nd learner speech of the night which came from 4 BAE Systems first-year Apprentices to discuss The BAE Project. It was an interesting speech and gave everyone an opportunity and insight into what the Apprentices are involved in within their learning.

The BAE Project is an end of year scheme which combines all the knowledge learned throughout the academic year, in which the Apprentices are challenged to create a project with a specific criteria, which they then must present in a Dragon’s-Den style setting.

Adam Blunt, Robert Poynter, Ben Sinclair & Adam Restell (BAE Systems) congratulated everyone who had received awards so far and went on to discuss how the BAE Systems Project at the end of the year was a great conclusion to their learning at IPS and how they put all their new knowledge into action. Robert explained “Since September we’ve been learning new skills or improving old ones. We’ve used tools and equipment we wouldn’t have normally. But with each new topic we learned, it’s set-up so you pass the test or assessment and this is where the project came in. As you’ve heard from the others all we were given was that specification. Everything we designed, planned and made was up to us. We must use the knowledge and skills that we have been learning all year to make this work. I loved doing the project and it allowed all of us to show what we love doing.”

Employer's appreciation at the IPS Engineering Awards 2018

BAE Systems Project Speech – Adam Blunt, Robert Poynter, Ben Sinclair & Adam Restell (BAE Systems).

 

 After hearing about the project, we then led onto the BAE Systems Awards, the first of which was the BAE Systems Project Award, given for how well the learners met the criteria, how they worked as part of a team and any factors that took them above their peers and the winning team was Adam Blunt and Ben Sinclair.

The following Awards included the 2019 Personal Development Week Award, relating to the development week where Apprentices visited the BOWLES Adventure Park for an outward bounds activity. This was awarded to Matthew Webb of BAE Systems who showed the most consistency for behaviour, attitude, approach to learning and supportiveness to others throughout the programme. Lastly was the BAE Systems 2019 Apprentice of the Year, deciding upon who should win the award was a difficult task again this year, but the award went to the Apprentice that has shown a lot of motivation, attention to detail and sharp focus throughout the year, so congratulations go to Adam Blunt.

The next award was the 2019 IPS International Apprentice of the Year Award. This is not just awarded to the learner who has achieved the most in the training areas of their Apprenticeship, it is the learner who has also embodied good and thoughtful behaviour and shows how well they have progressed from the start of the academic year to now. After much deliberation, it was decided that the 2019 IPS International Apprentice of the Year award should go to Christopher Ray of Southeastern Railway. This is a  great achievement Christopher, well done!

The 3rd speech of the night was from an employer perspective and this was given by Paul Mckeen, CI Manager/Apprentice Mentor of Premier Foods who voiced the benefits of Apprentices within a business.

“Identifying the correct provider is critical to Apprentice success. Working with IPS has proven that Premier Foods Ashford made the correct decision. Clear communication played a crucial role. At Premier Foods, we champion new ideas and our Apprentices bring something new to us. We are united and we work as a team.”

BAE Systems Winners at IPS Engineering Awards

Paul Mckeen, CI Manager/Apprentice Mentor of Premier Foods delivering his speech.

After a great speech, we moved back into the Awards with the Ben Sibbald Award, given in memory of learner, Ben Sibbald, this was presented to the student who has gone above and beyond to support their peers and this year went to Chloe Barnes of BAE Systems.

The evening then moved into the BTEC Awards. IPS International was extremely proud to have a learner represented at the Pearson’s National BTEC Awards 2019. Congratulations to Ross Howells of Southeastern Railway for receiving a Silver Runner-Up Award for BTEC Engineering Student of the Year 2019.

After a brilliant introduction speech from the BTEC Year 1 and 2 Maths Tutor at IPS, Breeshea Robinson, the Year 2 BTEC Certificates were handed out, from double pass to Distinction Star Distinction.

Congratulations to all Year 2 BTEC learners who have achieved their BTEC qualification this year.

We started the BTEC Awards with the Level 2 Most Improved Award and the Level 2 Top Student Award, presented to the student who had shown the most improvement and progression to both their work and attitude to learning. The winners of these two awards were Liam Monk of TecWeld and Sara Afu-Clackett of FCC Environment.

The Year 1 BTEC Award winners for the Most Improved, Best Student and Top Student were; Jacob Moore of Balfour Beatty Rail, Carly Ryan of Aeromet and Christopher Ray of Southeastern Railway.

The Year 2 BTEC Award winners for the Most Improved, Best Student and Top Student were; Thomas Wilmer-Brown of Mid Kent Electrical, Sam Symthson of Premier Foods and Ross Howells of Southeastern Railway.

We also had the BTEC Year 2 Top Student Award in numerous categories as follows; BTEC Year 2 Top Student – Operations & Maintenance Award went to Evan Stokes of National Grid, BTEC Year 2 Top Student – Electrical & Electronic Award went to Joshua Hills of BAE Systems and BTEC Year 2 Top Student – Rail Engineering (Traction & Rolling Stock) Award went to Jay Jordon of Hitachi Rail.

To conclude the BTEC Year 2 Awards was the Best Engineering Project Award. This award was presented to the learners who completed the most outstanding final projects for their BTEC Qualification. The Award had two prizes for a runner-up and the winner. Runner-up was Ashley Dickeson of BAE Systems and the winner was Joseph Jenken of National Grid.

Congratulations to all for your amazing achievements and hard work. Well deserved!


A full list of all award winners and their employers:

• IPS International Apprentice of the Year – WINNER: Christopher Ray of Southeastern Railway

• Electrical Craft Cup – WINNER: Daniel Wellard of Southeastern Railway

• Mechanical Craft Cup – WINNER: Joshua Killick of DS Smith

• BAE Systems Project Award – WINNERS: Adam Blunt and Ben Sinclair of BAE Systems

• Personal Development Week Award – WINNER: Matthew Webb of BAE Systems

• BAE Systems Apprentice of the Year – WINNER: Adam Blunt of BAE Systems

• The Ben Sibbald Award – WINNER: Chloe Barns of BAE Systems

• BTEC 1st Year – Top Student – WINNER: Christopher Ray of Southeastern Railway

• BTEC 1st Year – Best Student – WINNER: Carly Ryan of Aeromet

• BTEC 1st Year – Most improved – WINNER: Jacob Moore of Balfour Beatty Rail

• BTEC Level 2 – Top Student – WINNER: Sara Afu-Clackett of FFC Environment

• BTEC Level 2 – Most improved – WINNER: Liam Monk of Tecweld

• BTEC 2nd Year– Top Student (Operations & Maintenance) – WINNER: Evan Stokes of National Grid

• BTEC 2nd Year – Top Student (Electrical & Electronics) – WINNER: Joshua Hills of BAE Systems

• BTEC 2nd Year – Top Student (Rail Engineering – Traction & Rolling Stock) – WINNER: Jay Jordan of Hitachi Rail

• BTEC 2nd Year – Top Student – WINNER: Ross Howells of Southeastern Railway

• BTEC 2nd Year – Best Student – WINNER: Sam Smythson of Premier Foods

• BTEC 2nd Year – Best Engineering Project – RUNNER UP: Ashley Dickeson of BAE Systems and WINNER: Joseph Jenken of National Grid

• BTEC 2nd Year – Overall Most Improved – WINNER: Thomas Wilmer-Brown of Mid Kent Electrical

IPS would like to give some huge congratulations to all the winners/nominees and thanks to all our speakers for your brilliant speeches, thanks to the sponsors for your support and thank you to everyone for coming and joining the celebrations and we hope to see you again next year!

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