A STUDENT has proved to be a real bright spark after winning a top award.
Anna Ebblewhite is celebrating after being unveiled as the national winner of the Outstanding Achievement by a Young Engineering Student Award, at the Engineering Employers Federation’s Future Manufacturing Awards.
The 17-year-old, from Shotton Colliery, is a student at Byron Sixth Form in Peterlee, where she is taking A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and maths, and was previously a pupil at St Bede’s School.
She scooped her Rolls-Royce-sponsored award for her academic and practical work, achieving top grades in 10 GCSE subjects and distinctions in her Btec engineering diploma.
Anna also impressed judges with her performance at a young apprentice placement with British Energy in Hartlepool.
“I’m so surprised and proud to have won,” she said.
“My school has an amazing engineering department and I want to thank the head, Gary Glover, who has inspired me to get where I am now.
“I hope to build upon my success within the field of engineering in the future.”
David Fisher, apprenticeship development leader of Rolls-Royce, said: “A skilled workforce is essential to the future success of advanced manufacturing.
“We are therefore delighted to sponsor this award which recognises outstanding achievement and encourages talented, enthusiastic young people like Anna to begin a rewarding career in engineering.”
The ceremony was at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
They aim to recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance, exporting and skills development among UK manufacturers as well as outstanding apprentices.