JCB design engineer scoops top apprentice award

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald with design engineer Louise Meredith

JCB design engineer Louise Meredith (21) is celebrating after winning a national apprentice award.

Louise won the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year accolade at the finals of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards in London.

A design engineer in the Loadall division in Rocester, Louise said, “I’m passionate about apprenticeships and undertaking a degree/higher apprenticeship has been a fantastic way to start my career, so to win this national award is just amazing. I still can’t believe I’ve been recognised in this way.”

Another JCB apprentices, quality engineer Tom Lomas, was highly commended at the same ceremony in the National Advanced Apprentice of the Year category.

Max Jeffery, JCB director of learning and development said, “We are immensely proud of the outstanding achievements of these award winners who have excelled in their studies at JCB. To be recognised at national level is testament to their hard work and commitment.  The company now has more than 400 young people on its apprenticeship, undergraduate and graduate training programmes, as we continue to invest in the next generation of engineering and business professionals.”