Emily Harris has been named the BFP Polymer Apprentice of the Year.
Emily Harris has been named the BFP Polymer Apprentice of the Year.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has named Emily Harris, an engineering apprentice at recycling company PLASgran as its Polymer Apprentice of the Year.

Harris, the first female winner of the award, is completing a Mechatronics Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship BTEC Level 3.

Harry Gissing of UCP Zeller Plastik was a runner up was and a ‘highly commended’ honour went to Megan Denham of Owen Mumford and Lavinia Stevenson of Mason Pinder.

‘The winner, PLASgran’s Emily Harris, demonstrated a high level of achievement in her workplace and has excelled in her apprenticeship,’ said the BFP. ‘Her brilliant work included designing and building an electrical panel to improve a wash plant machine. Furthermore, her volunteering activities outside of work with MindSpace and her ambition to become a STEM ambassador to inspire young women to become engineers was felt to demonstrate great character and maturity.’

According to the federation, Gissing impressed the judges with his ability to take tasks on and continuously exceeds expectations, and Denham was praised for her confidence and her technical ability. Stevenson Pinder was also highly commended for her attitude towards learning and her drive.

This story uses material from the BFP, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.