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Sussex based VG Scienta Apprentice Amy West wins the prestigious GTA England Engineering and Construction Apprentice of the Year Award 2014.

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Amy West with her award

Amy West, an Engineering Apprentice employed by Hastings based VG Scienta Limited, was presented with her award by Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities. The presentation ceremony took place in the Houses of Parliament, as part of the Group Training Associations (GTA) annual conference and 50th anniversary celebratory event.

Amy was nominated for this award by SIGTA, VG Scienta’s Sussex based Apprenticeship partner and was one of many hundreds of apprentices from across England competing for the coveted prize.

During the award ceremony, Amy was joined by three other talented finalists, each recognised for their contribution to their employers, their training associations and to the wider Apprenticeship scheme.

Amy West, who lives in Battle, East Sussex, started her Apprenticeship Scheme with VG Scienta Ltd in 2012 opting for a more practical career path rather than the more traditional university based academic route.   The apprenticeship scheme encourages a hands-on approach to learning, coupled with BTEC qualifications in relevant fields and has proved extremely successful in developing talented and skilful individuals, ready, and qualified for the work environment.

As part of VG Scienta’s apprenticeship process, Amy spent time in each department gaining an understanding of high tech manufacturing processes and best practice product design. During her training within the sales and marketing department, Amy displayed a natural aptitude for graphic design, which coupled with her developing engineering skills helped create a product offering and brand new company profile which has been adopted across the entire Scienta group of companies in the UK, Sweden and US.

As part of Amy’s award she will also be travelling to Austria with other finalists to visit a state of the art manufacturing facility.