Bryan Hildrew 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 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Enrolled on an advanced/modern engineering apprenticeship.

Award conditions

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

The Apprentice of the Year will be asked to submit a summary and outcomes of their activities associated with the award, in October of the year following the award

Award criteria

Entrants must demonstrate outstanding commitment to their professional development and show how they have made a positive difference to their company. They should have gone above and beyond their normal duties by taking on extra responsibilities.

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 an educational grant of £1,500 to support their career development.

Any highly commended entrants will receive a certificate.

Application process

Closing date: 30 September 2021.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

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

Completed application forms should be submitted to:

Karen Frost 
ASK House 
IMechE Prizes and Awards Department 
Northgate Avenue 
Bury St Edmunds 
IP32 6BB 


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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