Tonight's event is to celebrate individuals and companies whose commitment to skills development is making a significant difference in their workplace, advanced manufacturing, and the engineering sector as a whole.
Thousands of entries were considered and the narrowing down process was only allowed to end with three finalists in each category.
Semta's Chief Executive, Ann Watson, says;
We are extremely proud of these awards; to showcase each and every one of the fantastic individuals and organiations who have been shortlisted is an honour.
Here's the shortlist...
Training Provider of the Year
- Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Have developed world-class learning environments and experiences for apprentices - at college and in the workplace.
- In-Comm Training
In the top 3% of best-performing private engineering training providers in the UK.
- Skills Training UK
Skills Training UK specialise in STEM productivity and business improvement.
Apprentice of the Year - SME Employer
- Christian Attewell
Christian has rapidly forged a path with FANUC UK Ltd that sees him stand out from the crowd.
- Kaylee McNally
The Arlington Automotive employee has contributed to creating a more diverse workforce and influenced other, both in and outside of the engineering sector.
- Zach Hampshire
In 30 years, Lambert have never seen a young apprentice with Zach's determination to succeed.
Diversity in Engineering
- Coca-Cola European Partners
Be Yourself, Be Valued, Belong.
- BAE Systems Plc
Doubled women apprentice numbers to 26% since 2011.
- Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group
Marshall is dedicated to creating and maintaining a workplace where inclusion and diversity are core values.
SME Investment in Skills
- George Utz Ltd
"Technologies are easy to buy, it is people that grow the business."
- Pentaxia Limited
Growing their own talent to meet with their future skills requirements.
- Superior Seals Ltd
Operates its very own company-run apprenticeship training academy and engineering workshop.
Apprentice of the Year - Large Employer
- Glen Fraser
The BAE System Plc (Naval Ships) Technician Apprentice was once told by a teacher that he was wasting his time trying to become an engineer.
- Leah Montgomery
The Rolls-Royce Engineering Apprentice had one goal - to become an engineer and turn her love of problem solving in to a career.
- Shelina Osman
Shelina's determination to achieve has enabled her to unlock her potential in her Project Management Apprenticeship for Rolls-Royce.
Skills Innovation of the Year
- JLR's 'Supplier Exchange in Leading Lean Programme'
Bridging the skills gap between their own organisation and their suppliers.
- Bridgwater & Taunton College
Using technology to allow unskilled and untrained people to discover, experiment, and even fail in a safe nuclear environment.
- Toyota and Lexus Academy
A state-of-the-art training academy for retail and manufacturing & engineering functions.
Graduate or Degree Apprentice of the Year
- Ben Pullen
The Atkins Graduate Engineer was the first person in his family to graduate from university.
- Robyn Clarke
In 2016 she was selected as Toyota's pioneer graduate apprentice and transferred from a maintenence role to quality assurance.
- Victoria Bayliss
The MBDA UK Ltd graduate labels herself as an 'if I can do it, anyone can' example to women considering joining the industy.
Skills Champion of the Year
- Gareth Jenkins
FSG Tool and Die Ltd's Managing Director created 'Pathways to Apprenticeships' which allows companies to recruit from a central pool at no extra cost during the first year's training. The programme has supported over 5,000 young people in to employment.
- Neil Burrows
Currently Head of Engineering at Themis at Burnley College, Neil has devoted his 25 years of his career to inspiring new generations of engineers.
- Steve Pallas
Nissan's Training Manager has engaged over 40,000 pupils and also created (and now manages) the company's Global Training Centre.