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Article Date: 18th November 2016

ABB Power Grids - Bright Spark Apprentice Technician Wins IET Award for his Contribution to Wind Energy Project

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ABB Power Grids - Josh Barber

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the winners of its annual Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards, which recognise individuals who have made exceptional engineering contributions to their profession or operational area.

Josh Barber was chosen as Apprentice of the Year from a shortlist of three for his outstanding work on a client’s wind farm grid connection project.

His cost-saving redesign for a supplies pillar-marshalling kiosk layout to improve safety, efficiency and reduce installation errors won approval from senior engineers, his supervisors and ABB’s customers, and has now been adopted by the company as standard.

Josh has a HNC and BTEC Level 3 with double distinction* in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and works for ABB Ltd. as an Apprentice Circuit Engineer. He supports ABB’s Schools Support Programme, coordinates industry days and volunteers at events and career days, and has given presentations on ABB’s work to scholars, students, the local community and MPs.

Josh received a prize consisting of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 cash and two years’ free IET membership.

IET President Jeremy Watson CBE said: "This is a fantastic achievement and Josh should be very proud to win this award against strong competition in his category.

ABB Power Grids - Josh Barber"The standard of this year’s entries was higher than ever, making the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Apprentice and Technician Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their role. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to their companies."

Josh commented:

"It means so much to win this award and get recognition from the Institution of Engineering and Technology for my work.

I can honestly say I wouldn’t have achieved this without the support from ABB who have given me the opportunity and the confidence to deliver the work which won the award.

Winning this award goes to show what you can achieve as an apprentice, learning engineering skills within a business and making a difference to a business."

The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.

Find out more about the Achievement Awards here: www.theiet.org/achievement.

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