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Female Engineering Apprentice Receives Excellence Award

Posted: 28th September 2016

​Electrical Engineering Apprentice, Chloe Miller, aged 20 from Worksop, has received the highly prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)* Student of Excellence Award for 2016.

Chloe, who works at Ardagh Glass in Monk Bretton, Barnsley and undertakes her studies at Doncaster College,  has been recognised as the most promising, productive, motivated and high achieving student. Starting as a full-time student who worked at a consistently high level, Chloe, through her own initiative, found employment and returned to College as an apprentice. She is the first female apprentice at Ardagh’s Barnsley plant.

Speaking to Chloe about her apprenticeship so far, she told us, “I’ve settled in well, my co-workers are very friendly and are not the least bit bothered that I am female”.

John Lawrence of Atkins Global presented the award alongside an audience of Ardagh colleagues including HR Advisor, Jenny Clough, Works Engineering Manager, Chris Broadhead and Apprentice Mentor, Pete Whetton.

Chloe is currently working towards her level 3 qualification in Engineering Maintenance and will progress onto the HNC this September courtesy of her employer. Chris Broadhead, Engineering Works Manager explained: “This is a great achievement and a well-deserved award for Chloe. As stated in her recent review, she is exceeding all our expectations in both academic and workplace activities. I am certain if she continues in this way she will go far within the department and company.”

If you’ve been inspired by Chloe’s journey and the success of the Ardagh partnership, find out how an apprenticeship could enhance your workforce or how you can apply for an apprenticeship here​.

*The IET is a recognised chartered status that engineers who progress academically aspire to join. Each year they recognise one College student based on recommendations by the subject lecturers. ​