Submissions are being invited for two award schemes that recognise outstanding individual achievements in engineering.
The Armourers and Brasiers' Gauntlet Trust, in partnership with The Welding Institute, is offering prizes for Technician of the Year and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Ambassador of the Year. Each award has a top prize of £500 and two runner-up prizes of £250.
The Technician of the Year Award recognises 'exceptional engineering contribution in delivery of a product, service or process or the completion of a report'.
To enter, applicants must submit a report which highlights this contribution, along with an endorsement statement from their employer which explains the role they played, and the impact their contribution had on the delivery of a product or service. In addition they should submit a CV and a brief statement demonstrating their commitment to professional development in materials joining or structural integrity.
The STEM Ambassador of the Year award recognises 'significant voluntary contribution to the STEM Ambassador programme in the field of materials joining and structural integrity'.
To enter, applicants should submit a résumé no longer than a single page of A4. The résumé should demonstrate dedication to the STEM Ambassador programme over the last year; explain how challenges such as limited resources or logistical issues have been overcome; show involvement in a range of activities for groups of differing ages or educational levels; and explain the tangible impact that was made, using evidence such as feedback from teachers.
Judges will evaluate applicants against several criteria. These include the time given over to volunteering, recruiting and mentoring, and the applicants' commitment to their role. Judges will also assess the activities applicants have been involved in, such as helping with STEM clubs, developing bespoke activities, and how they have catered for different ages, backgrounds and abilities (including any special needs). Finally they will be looking for evidence of sustained engagement, and of the impact this has had on young people's understanding of STEM subjects and careers. Judges will welcome any evidence of increased levels of motivation and attainment.
If you think you, or someone you know, is eligible for one of these awards, submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to TWI Awards, The Membership Office, TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Cambridge CB21 6AL.
The closing date for entries is Friday 17 April. Winners will be invited to receive their awards at the TWI Annual Dinner at King's College in Cambridge on Tuesday 30 June.