Winners 2020

Apprentice (outside 100)

Apprentice (outside 100) nominees

Layla Barry, Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Barry is 12 months into a 44-month apprenticeship at the Toyota Academy, part of the firm’s Burnaston facility. She joined after completing her GSCEs and is top of her class in every discipline. “She has demonstrated everything we need from a person forging their way into an engineering career,” said Nerys Fowler, section manager for technical skills development. 

Sofi Buzzard, Jaguar Land Rover

Sofi joined JLR in 2015 and is in her third year at Warwick University, on track to gain a first after achieving her foundation degree. She has worked in the supplier parts quality and supplier technical assistance departments, and is currently completing a placement in the legal department as she works to increase her knowledge of the business.

Emma Coulson, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd

Emma began at Nissan as a business admin apprentice. She completed her Level 3 and 4 NVQ and a foundation degree in business leadership and management before being offered a place on the HR degree apprenticeship. She also led a manufacturing staff recruitment project and managed a programme ensuring all apprentices have the support they need.

Bethany Critchlow, Aston Martin

Beth started Aston's apprenticeship scheme in 2018. She has worked in different areas of the assembly line at the firm’s St Athan plant, currently focusing on calibration for the new DBX. Beth is studying for BTEC Level 3 in engineering and is a key ambassador for the apprenticeship scheme, representing Aston at a number of external events.

Chloe Crutchlow, Jaguar Land Rover

Crutchlow is in her sixth and final year of an engineering degree apprenticeship. Her role is overseeing analytical measurement equipment for the test cells at the Whitley engine centre. She has gained a foundation degree in engineering, an NVQ Level 2 in performing engineering operations and an NVQ Level 4 in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Imogen Deacon, BMW (UK) Manufacturing

Deacon has been at Mini’s Oxford plant since 2018, working as a business apprentice as part of her degree in business management at Oxford Brookes University. She has spent time in the logistics department, helping to streamline processes and generating the department’s newsletter, the contents of which she presents to managers and the department director.

Amy Denton, Bentley Motors

Denton started at Bentley in 2018 and is currently an advanced apprentice in the paint shop. She is working on A-level equivalent qualifications including Level 3 engineering and Level 3 paint refinishing, and she helped restore an historic 3.0-litre engine as part of Bentley’s 2019 centenary year celebrations. She is also an ambassador for Bentley’s future talent programme.  

Emma Gaffney, PSA Group UK

Gaffney joined PSA a business apprentice in the events department after completing her A-levels. She then took a position in Citroën’s PR office while completing her Level 4 PR and communications assistant apprenticeship. She is responsible for co-ordinating press events and handling media enquiries, providing support to the Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands.

Emily Harris, BMW (UK) Manufacturing

Harris works with the maintenance department in the car body area, helping to ensure the smooth running of the plant’s welding and seaming robots. She began her apprenticeship in 2018 and is working towards a Level 3 BTEC. She has worked with 3D printing tech to save money as part of a waste-reduction programme in the paint shop, and she runs the apprentices’ newsletter.

Rebecca Maunder, BMW (UK) Manufacturing

Maunder is studying for an HNC in operations engineering alongside her work in assembly as a maintenance apprentice, which she started in 2017. Since joining she has completed a Level 3 BTEC in manufacturing and engineering, and she has successfully worked on a project to reduce water consumption during post-assembly tests by 100 litres per day. 

Libby Price, Gemini Tewkesbury

Libby is in the final year of a 30-month apprenticeship with the accident repair chain. She has already achieved her IMI Level 3 award in automotive refrigerant handling and her IMI Level 3 Award in electric/hybrid vehicle system repair and replacement. Her site manager James Moule described her as the “perfect example” of a successful multiskilled apprenticeship.

Claire Thomas, Jaguar Land Rover

Claire is in the final stage of her apprenticeship, working with the quality team after completing placements including manufacturing, logistics and continuous improvement. She achieved a distinction in her BTEC Level 3 in manufacturing engineering a year ahead of schedule and is ready to complete her end-point assessment and EngTech professional registration.