IMechE Apprentice of the Year Award

Awarded to an apprentice who can demonstrate outstanding commitment to their continuing development whilst also making a positive difference to their employer and the wider community.

Ideally the Award will go to an apprentice that has gone above and beyond their normal duties and taken on additional responsibilities, which may include charitable and voluntary work and encouraging other young people to consider engineering as a career.

It is necessary for the apprentice to have a career plan covering the next three years or so.


To be eligible to enter you must be:
  • A current Apprentice Affiliate Member of any professional body.
  • Enrolled on an engineering apprenticeship where the work has a significant mechanical engineering content.

Award conditions

The winner and highly commended entrants will be featured in promotional activity in the form of case studies, photos and web stories.

Award criteria

Entrants must demonstrate outstanding commitment to their professional development and show how they have made a positive difference to their organisation.

Any charity or voluntary work is relevant, especially related to engineering and encouraging young people into engineering. Apprentices must also show a career plan for the next three to five years.

Value of award

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000.

Any highly commended entrants will receive a certificate.

Application process

Closing date: 30 September 2024

Applications can be submitted throughout the year via the online application form.

You can nominate yourself or be nominated by a sponsor from your company or training provider/college.

For further information or help completing the online application form email:

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About Bryan Hildrew

The Awards are named after former apprentice and President of the Institution, Bryan Hildrew. Bryan was a lifelong member of the Institution and became the President in 1980.

Bryan started his career with a five year apprenticeship at the North Eastern Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in the 1930s. He attended Sunderland Technical College, and studied for his Master’s degree at the University of London. After completing his apprenticeship he went onto join the Royal Navy.

He worked on the project to build the UK’s first nuclear submarine.

After a successful career in research, travelling the world and becoming the Managing Director at the Lloyd’s Register, he retired in 1985. 

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