Last Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Apprentice Wins Award!

North Lindsey College Engineering student, Lucy Smith, has won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the 2017 Golden Apple Awards.

The Awards are a celebration of education and learning whilst recognising the important role that education plays in the community. The event was sponsored by the Scunthorpe Telegraph and the Grimsby Institute to enable and recognise individuals, groups and projects that deserve to be rewarded.

Lucy came to North Lindsey College in 2012 and enrolled on a sports course. Lucy was unsure about her choice of programme and applied for a apprenticeship and secured employment with British Steel.  Lucy has really proven that women do have a place in what is traditionally classed as a man’s world.  She is the first apprentice to work in the blast furnaces for British Steel; Lucy has been thoroughly accepted by the furnace team, proving she is not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Lucy said, "I am very proud to have represented British Steel and North Lindsey College at the Golden Apple Awards and to also represent women in engineering. It is a privilege to have won the award. The support from the staff both at the college and British Steel has been incredible and I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have without this support.

“If you put in the dedication and hard work the sky is the limit with an apprenticeship and I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who would like to learn on the job where the possibilities are endless."

Rachel Weaver (Course Tutor at North Lindsey College) commented, “We are very proud of Lucy's achievements both within her work placement and her college work. Lucy is an extremely focused student who continues to provide a high level of work. She is currently on target to achieve a double distinction star and continues to apply her hard work ethic and dedication towards any task asked of her. It has been a pleasure to teach Lucy and we are happy to continue to support her to completion of her course.”

The award ceremony was launched last year and was a great success; this year even more people have been involved, celebrating the hard work, effort and achievement across the region.