Zeba beats challengers to win 2019 IMechE Apprentice of the Year Award
2 Oct 2019
Manufacturing engineering apprentice Zeba Kazi Osmani is the 2019 Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Apprentice of the Year Award winner.
The Rolls-Royce, Birmingham employee beat second-placed Jeremy Blakey from Jaguar Land Rover, with Tatiana Kayleigh Peters from missile systems manufacturer MBDA and Lewis King from aerospace company Leonardo in joint third place.
The judges cited Osmani's achievements at work and her role as a STEM Ambassador which has involved taking part in engineering activities in local schools, careers fairs and STEM workshops.
“It’s a very prestigious award… Apprentices have a growing role in engineering, and I am proud of helping shape the UK’s engineering future,” she said at the awards ceremony.
Based at Rolls-Royce Control Systems, the winner specialises in electronic and hydro-mechanical control systems for civil large jet engines.
This is the ninth year of the Institution’s award – full title, the Bryan Hildrew Apprentice of the Year Award and named in honour of the former apprentice and president of the Institution.
“There was a very high standard of entries and the judging panel had a tough time reaching a decision. Our engineering apprentices are the skilled technicians of tomorrow and are vital to ensuring a bright and progressive future for our profession,” said Dr Colin Brown, IMechE chief executive, who hosted the ceremony.
Photo:Zeba Kazi Osmani receiving her award from Richard Folkson, chair of the IMechE trustee board awards committee