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Melissa Makes Top Awards Shortlist

Melissa Chigubu named on the Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2020 shortlist.

Melissa, who was named as one of the top 50 women in engineering by the Women’s Engineering Society last year, is one of the final three contesting the Advanced Apprentice of the Year accolade at the Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year 2020 Awards.

Aged 19, Melissa, who lives in Abingdon and works for current employer partner GKN, only moved to the UK from her native Zimbabwe eight years ago where she developed her love of hands-on engineering after being enthused by her uncles at home. She came to the UK in 2012 and was the first female to complete the Foundation Gateway in the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre’s new Apprenticeship Engineering Standard programme.

David Hughes, Managing Director of the AMTC, said Melissa embraced challenge as an opportunity and is passionate about encouraging others to do the same, particularly women.

“Melissa is a talented and dedicated learner who strives to excel, demonstrating exceptional skills for her early career stage. Our training staff regard her competency portfolio as the best they have ever seen. It was a great honour for her to be named as one of the top 50 women in engineering, and now she is in line for another accolade which recognises her outstanding performance,  professional behaviour and support of other learners,” he said.

The Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year awards, now in its fourth year, is organised by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLep) which has skills and enterprise education as one of its main areas of focus. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Wantage.