SETA Annual Awards success with female claiming Apprentice of the Year for the first time in over 30 years!

Stockport Engineering Training Association (SETA) hosted its Annual Awards Presentation Evening on Friday 23rd May which was once again was a success with over 200 apprentices, parents, employers and guests attending. The evening was particularly exciting as the Apprentice of the Year was won by Sarah Chadwick (Jacobs Engineering) which is the first time in over 30 years the award has been won by a female apprentice!

The annual awards was hosted at Houldsworth Golf Club and was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices. In 2013/14 SETA has circa 75 apprentices employed by a range of local and national engineering companies. A couple of special guests attended – Paul Lake (former Manchester City football player) the Mayor of Stockport and Councillor Chris Murphy. Paul Lake, having started his football career as an apprentice, delivered a motivational speech about the benefits of the apprenticeship route through giving young people the invaluable skills and practical experience they need to build their career. Paul emphasised that the skills he acquired such as discipline and tenacity during his time as an apprentice as a teenager helped him pursue his successful football career.

The event was also a fantastic chance to celebrate the fundraising events of apprentices and staff throughout the year. A total of £3050 was raised by apprentices in 2013/14 for SETA’s partner charity When you Wish upon a Star and SETA was delighted to award the cheque to the charity on the night!

SETA presented a variety of different awards including awards for each section. Award winners 2013/14 were:

  • SETA Apprentice of the Year 2014 Award: Sarah Chadwick (Jacobs Engineering)
  • SETA Award for Services to SETA over the years: Jean Seymour
  • SETA Staff Award (voted for by Apprentices): Ian Dooley (Fitting Instructor)
  • Electrical Section Award Sponsored by Park Engineering

1st: Matthew Marshall (Baldwin Technical Services)

2nd: Neil Roe (Northern Rail)

  • Mechanical Maintenance Section AwardSponsored by Allied Bakeries

1st: Jack Hewitt (Northern Rail)

2nd: Joe Salad (Sterling Fluids)

  • Fabrication & Welding Section Award – Sponsored by Complete Welding

1st: Tom Hallam (Wienerberger)

2nd: Joshua Oakely (RKL Engineering)

  • Machining Section Award – Sponsored by Park Engineering

1st: Joe Salad (Sterling Fluids)

2nd: Daniel Southward (Brinksway Tool)

  • Fitting Section Award – Sponsored by Brinksway Tools & Fairdeal Fabrications

1st: Joshua Docherty (Kerry Foods)

2nd: Daniel Poulter (Northern Rail)

  • Most Improved Apprentice Award Sponsored by Uniprize

Kyle Appleton (CSM Baking)

  • Chief Executive’s Charity Award (Wish upon a Star)

Jack Hewitt (Northern Rail)

  • Group Presentation AwardSponsored by HPP Associates

Liam Broad (Jacobs Engineering)

Ryan Sheridan (Jacobs Engineering)

  • BTEC AwardSponsored by McVitie’s

1st: Sarah Chadwick (Jacobs Engineering)

2nd: Joe Clay (Jacobs Engineering)

  • VRQ AwardSponsored by Multimetals

1st: Liam Pritchard (Mono Pumps)

2nd: Sam Hartney (Mono Pumps)

  • Health and Safety AwardSponsored by Daniels Computing

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Runners-up: Aiden Turnball (Park Engineering), Callum Donlan (Louverlite), Charlotte Walker (Jacobs), Ross Heywood (Sulzer), Liam Pritchard (Monopumps)

Sarah Chadwick employed by Jacobs Engineering as a Design and Draft engineering apprentice was delighted to win Apprentice of the Year 2013/14. This is the first time a women has won apprentice of the year in SETA’s history.

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‘Winning the Apprentice of the Year award has really boosted my confidence. I never thought I would join SETA and progress so much, getting many opportunities to prove myself as a woman engineer apprentice. I would like to thank SETA for helping me advance in an Electrical Design Engineering Apprenticeship as I can now build on this award and seek even more opportunities.’

Sarah Chadwick (18) Jacobs Engineering

Ian Dooley, Fitting Instructor at SETA was voted SETA Staff Award by apprentices for his exceptional teaching and commitment to the achievement of learners


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I was pleased to receive the SETA Staff Award as I am passionate about supporting young people and helping them reach their potential. The apprenticeship route is fantastic way for young people to train whilst being in employment and I really enjoy my work at SETA.”  

Ian Dooley – SETA Fitting Instructor

The evening was also a fantastic chance to thank employers for their ongoing support of SETA and for helping young people to start their career in engineering. A big thanks to Award Sponsors Northern Rail, RBS, Lloyd Piggott, McVities, Multimetals, Louvalite, Daniels Computing, NOV Mono, Allied Bakeries, Uniprize, Booker, Armcom, HPP Associates, Sandy Lane Service Station, Fairdeal Fabrications and Brinksway Tools.