Zeba Kazi Osmani wins IMechE Apprentice of the Year Award

Zeba Kazi Osmani, a manufacturing engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce in Birmingham, has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Apprentice of the Year 2019 Award.

The award was made at a special ceremony at the Institution’s headquarters in Westminster.

In second place was Jeremy Blakey from Jaguar Land Rover and in joint third place were Tatiana Kayleigh Peters from missile systems manufacturer MBDA and Lewis King from aerospace company Leonardo.

Zeba impressed the judges with her achievements at work and how she has promoted engineering through her role as a STEM Ambassador which has involved taking part in engineering activities in local schools, careers fairs and STEM workshops.

“It’s a very prestigious award and I am very happy to represent apprentices, Rolls-Royce and the engineering community today. Apprentices have a growing role in engineering, and I am proud of helping shape the UK’s engineering future,” Zeba Kazi Osmani said at the awards ceremony.

Zeba works at Rolls-Royce Control Systems in Birmingham, specialising in electronic and hydro-mechanical control systems for civil large jet engines.

This is the ninth year of the Institution’s Bryan Hildrew Apprentice of the Year Award which is named after Bryan Hildrew, a former apprentice and President of the Institution.

“There was a very high standard of entries and the judging panel had a tough time reaching a decision. Our engineering apprentices are the skilled technicians of tomorrow and are vital to ensuring a bright and progressive future for our profession,” said Dr Colin Brown, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, who hosted the ceremony.

The judging panel considered a number of criteria when making their decision. They took into account accomplishments at work as well as charity or voluntary work related to engineering and encouraging young people to consider a career in engineering.

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