Phoebe Loveridge, an engineering surveyor with the Submarine Delivery Agency, HMNB Devonport, was selected as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) 2018 Apprentice of the Year, at an award ceremony held at the Bristol Harbour Hotel on 5 February attended by Sir Simon Bollom.
This is the third award Phoebe has received this year for her outstanding achievements during her apprenticeship; previously having taken both the national Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) title, and the Bridgwater and Taunton College Apprentice of the Year. This is an amazing achievement – to get one award is fantastic, but to scoop all three is remarkable.
The ceremony also celebrated the success of the winners and runners-up of the annual Tom Nevard and Sir Henry Royce Competitions held at Shrivenham in August, where individuals and teams of Engineering apprentices from across the MoD had demonstrated their craft and project skills in challenges to create axes, rubber band guns and hovercrafts.
The prestigious HRH Prince of Wales’s Award for Services to Defence Engineering was presented to this year’s winner Hayley Barden by Chief Technician, Robert Bates (winner of the 2017 Inaugural Award).
Caroline Paige, the first trans-gender serving military officer rounded off the evening with a truly inspirational after dinner speech outlining her personal journey, and encouraging the attendees to take all opportunities and make their one life the best.
You can find out more about Phoebe’s award win in this month’s Desider magazine.