IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices is awarded to an outstanding female engineering apprentice who has made a contribution within the workplace beyond the realms of her normal duties and demonstrated dynamism in her approach to the solution of engineering problems. A real team player, she must be seen as an ‘all-rounder’ who will act as an enthusiastic role model to encourage other young women to enter the profession of engineering through the apprenticeship route.

This year’s prize has been awarded to Laurie-ann Smith of the PEME Reliability Department. She attended an awards ceremony in London with her family and representatives of the PEME management team that have been involved with her development within the company. This award is both recognition of Laurie-ann outstanding performance and potential but also a fantastic endorsement of the PEME Apprenticeship scheme.

Follow this link to see a film that was made by the IET to support Laurie-ann’s selection for this year’s award.

Laurie-ann was presented with her award by Mylene Klass, which consisted of a cheque for £750, an engraved trophy and a certificate. Mylene Klass said that she felt she should justify why she was qualified to present the prestigious awards to an “uber-clever” young woman, raising many laughs when she revealed a photograph of herself as a young girl being awarded an engineering prize by Carol Vorderman. The prize was won, Mylene said, for creating a model of a Ferris Wheel with only paper, but she was pipped to the winning post by a model of a turbine