IPS International Engineering Awards 2017

Back this year was the IPS International Annual Engineering Apprenticeship awards on the 20th July 2017 at the Corn Exchange in Rochester to celebrate the work and achievements of their apprentices with their families, employers and IPS Staff in attendance.

The awards ceremony is designed to celebrate the success of the apprentices over the past two years. The initial part, recognition of first year apprentice’s achievement in the context of their apprenticeship framework and their transition from Education into the working environment. The second part of the awards evening is to celebrate success for our 2nd-year students who have completed the National Diploma in Engineering.

James McCartney, BTEC Section Manager at IPS, stated; “It is all about celebrating achievement through hard work. These awards /qualifications are not easy, they do their job and courses at the same time. Engineering is an exciting option, it is an essential sector, which critical for everything we do in our day to day life. The apprenticeships that IPS provide are the future; they are the solution to a skills shortage in the sector.”

The awards were opened by speaker Geoff Anderson, (retired Head of the Engineering Foundation degree course at University of Greenwich) who is helping IPS with our next phase, which is putting in place the HNC in 2018 so that we can do technical training in Engineering from level 2 to level 5. Geoff was a fitting speaker to have at our Engineering awards ceremony. A great quote on the night from Geoff’s motivating speech was to the apprentices; “Think about tomorrow, what’s my next move, turn it into more success.”

The awards started with the Coca Cola Adult apprentice award presented to Sarah Kuzbyt who was highly commended in the separate and national BTEC Engineering Student of the Year awards, a great achievement!

With the awards, then underway the learners were presented with shields, cups, and certificates and due to the fantastic sponsorship from businesses they were also awarded Amazon vouchers to say well done. IPS would just like to thank those companies for their generosity.

The awards on offer were:

  • BTEC High recommend National Apprentices Awards (Sponsored by Coca Cola)
  • BTEC Year 2 Best Student
  • Effort and Progress Awards (Sponsored by Star Refrigeration)
  • BTEC First Most Improved Award and BTEC Project (2nd Year) Award (Sponsored by MKE Engineering)
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Personal Development Cup (Sponsored by Cory Environmental)
  • Mechanical Award, BTEC year one best student and Benn Sibbald Award (Sponsored by National Grid)
  • Multiskilled Award (Sponsored by Givaudan)
  • Electrical Craft Cup (Sponsored by SES Water)
  • Most improved 1st-year Award and Most Improved 2nd Year Award
  • BTEC Top Student (Marks) (Sponsored by DS Smith)
  • BAE SYSTEMS Salver award and BAE SYSTEMS Project (Sponsored by BAE Systems)

IPS would also like to say a huge congratulation to all the winners and nominees who have done brilliantly in their achievements. This includes Apprentice of the year, James Lingham from BRM. Awarded for not just achieving in training areas, but the overall progression from the start of the academic year to the end.



James was congratulated on receiving the award by Don MacDonald, Director of IPS International Ltd.

The BAE Systems Apprentice of the year was a difficult decision this year with a lot of candidates being nominated, but the winner who showed the most motivation and attention to detail throughout the year went to Jordan Wall. The BAE Systems Project award was won by Alife Orris and Adam White who designed a new product and completed a Dragons Den style presentation where they were challenged about the product against specific criteria and presenting.

Alfie Orris & Adam white on the left with Director Don McDonald middle and Jordan Wall right and Vikki Reith far right. 

And the following are the award winners and their employers:

  • BTEC Top Student (Marks) –  Milan Ruparel, Balfour Beatty Rail
  • Electrical Craft Cup   – Luc Dubont, Pfizer
  • Mechanical Craft Cup – Jordan Windle, Coty
  • Multi Skilled Award – Adam Jones, Clarke Energy
  • Personal Development Award – Vikki Reith, BAE Systems
  • BTEC Year 1 Best Student Max Brookwell and  Daniel Gaul, Southeastern
  • BTEC Year 2 Best Student – Robert Fieldwick, Jaytee Biosciences
  • BTEC Year 1Most Improved Student – Connor Bruce, Farmwood Ltd
  • BTEC Year 2Most Improved Student – Austin Rhodes, Gemini Lighting
  • BTEC First Most Improved Student – Andrew Mayne, Coca Cola
  • BTEC Best Project – Jonah Edwards ( HV Woodings) and James Smith-Andrews (Celcon)
  • Benn Sibbald Award – Joshua Austin, Global Associates
  • Effort and Progress Awards –  Alice McErlane, (BAE Systems) Lewis Rook, (Balfour Beatty Rail) Matthew Birch and  Aidan Holmes (Givaudan)

 Thank you all for a pleasant evening, and we look forward to next year ceremony!

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