The engineering construction industry’s (ECI) brightest and best were celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony last night at the Cutty Sark in London.
The 11th ECI Training and Development Awards, organised by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), brought together industry leaders, influencers and policymakers, as well as the rising stars of tomorrow, at a ceremony hosted by engineer, broadcaster, teacher and STEM advocate, Kate Bellingham.
Inspired by the rich maritime history of the Cutty Sark and with the ceremony taking place beneath its world-famous hull, the theme of this year’s event was about embarking on journeys.
Speaking at his first ECI Awards since joining the ECITB, Chief Executive Andrew Hockey stressed that industry’s most valuable assets are its people, both those at the start of their journeys like the scholars, apprentices and graduates honoured last night and those present “whose journeys have paved the way for those that follow”.
He said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists who are great examples of the success stories from across industry over the past year. They exemplify the talent, innovation, resilience and endeavour that our industry holds in such high regard, setting standards to which we all aspire.
“The quality of nominations this year reflects the strength of talent in the industry and the breadth of attendees last night shows that these awards are one of the biggest events in the engineering construction calendar.
“It was wonderful to be in the same room to celebrate all that is great about training and development in our industry with so many partners and friends representing organisations from across the length and breadth of the UK and internationally.
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our judges, who had the monumental task of choosing a winner in each category.”
Making significant contributions to industry
The judging panel for the awards was made up of John Simpson from the ECIA, Tracey Shelley from BCECA and Zainab Adigun from AFBE, who whittled down a shortlist in each category to pick the overall winners based on the significant contributions they have made both to the ECI and their own organisations.
Among the winners on the night was Bilfinger UK Executive President Sandy Bonner, who was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Industry award.
ECITB Chief Operating Officer Andy Brown, who handed the award to Sandy, highlighted the work he has done advocating for the Connected Competence programme.
In accepting the award, Sandy said: “I’m taken aback, it’s amazing to be standing here. But it’s not about me, it’s a team effort. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the ECITB and I want to say a special thank you to the team with its work on Connected Competence.”
Two Scottish employers also took home awards on the night. Dounreay, a division of Magnox, picked up the Large Employer of the Year award in recognition of its “exceptional commitment to learning and development” and how that aligns with its people strategy.
Rhona Gill, Learning Development Specialist at Dounreay, said: “We’re a very small learning and development team and we’re always punching above our weight, so it’s amazing to be recognised among our peers, we’re so delighted.”
STATS Group, meanwhile, was named SME Employer of the Year for how it “fosters competency across the organisation and instils a culture of improvement”.
Andy Buckworth, Training and Competence Manager at STATS Group, said: “I’m ecstatic for the whole company. We put a platform in place and people have responded by committing to training and development.”
Lynda Armstrong, Chair of the ECITB Board, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone honoured last night and thank our generous sponsors who made the event possible.
“The Cutty Sark has an incredibly storied history which I think reflects the ambition, tenacity and bold endeavour that often defines engineering construction, and which was evident in the success stories of all our finalists this year.
“The organisations and individuals in the room have the capacity to influence positive change through innovation, knowledge, skills and collaboration. In essence, the world needs you to do what engineers have always done best, which is to build something better than what came before.”
ECI Training & Development Awards 2023: Winners and Finalists
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by C&P Engineering
Winner: Luke Turner (Cavendish Nuclear Ltd)
Finalists: Lydia Uttley (Wright Brothers Industrial Services T/A Wright Engineering), Annie Nash (EDF)
Graduate of the Year – sponsored by BCECA
Winner: Hannah Marchant (Cavendish Nuclear Ltd)
Finalists: Alexander Board (Jacobs), Ben Pond (Aquaterra Energy Ltd)
ED&I Initiative of the Year – sponsored by NDA
Finalists: Fluor Limited, The Human Library – ACOSTE, Everyone Belongs – Wessex Water’s Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Programme
Scholar of the Year – sponsored by Cavendish Nuclear Ltd
Winner: Jordan Palmer (Pembrokeshire College)
Finalists: Owen Klinton (The Engineering College), Patrick Grannon (North Lindsey College), Thomas Tooze (Bridgewater and Taunton College)
Large Employer of the Year – sponsored by CATCH
Winner: Dounreay, a Division of Magnox
Finalists: NNB Generation Company (HPC), Briggs of Burton
Small/Medium Employer of the Year – sponsored by AFBE
Winner: STATS Group
Finalists: Hornbill Engineering Limited, Wright Brothers Industrial Services Limited
Approved Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by TWI
Winner: Forth Valley College
Finalists: GSS Training Limited, CATCH
Leading Industry Safety Award – sponsored by Sellafield
Finalists: Andrew Clarke (Dounreay, a division of Magnox), Connected Competence (Employer Delivery Group), C&P Engineering Services Ltd
International Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Petrotekno
Winner: 3t EnerMech
Finalists and regional winners: Vibrant Global, BJ Services (M) Sdn Bhd
Outstanding Contribution to Industry
Winner: Sandy Bonner (Bilfinger UK)
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