Sarah Brazier – Engineering apprentice

A former apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College has received national recognition after making a name for herself in a traditionally male dominated industry.

Sarah Brazier, an engineering apprentice at Babcock has been highly commended in the AoC Student of the Year awards, which aim to celebrate the achievements and successes of exceptional students who stand out from the crowd.

Sarah, age 25, was one of 92 students nominated from across the UK in this year’s awards, with judges singling out Sarah for her commitment to her training.

Sarah, who has since been promoted to Support Engineer, achieved an additional NVQ Level 3 in Welding alongside her apprenticeship, so that she could learn to weld to workshop standards. She also won the Sir Henry Royce Competition in 2015, an MoD competition for engineering excellence and was nominated for a Babcock Ovation Award.

Sarah was also Babcock Donnington first year Apprentice of the Year and second year Apprentice of the Year and won individual awards for outstanding commitment.

Head of Faculty Andrew Cartwright said: “Sarah has really excelled and made a name for herself as a hardworking and outstanding individual.

“She is a great ambassador for women in engineering and a role model for other young women and girls thinking of entering engineering, proving that women can excel in a traditionally male dominated industry. She has a great career ahead of her.”

Training Manager at Babcock, Barry Potts, said: “

Sarah said: “I’d encourage more women to get into engineering – it’s a great industry, a great challenge and a great way of pushing yourself forward and proving that you can stand on your own two feet in a male dominated environment.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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