Katriya, aged 19, is in her second year of an electrical advanced engineering apprenticeship with UKAEA and has picked up the Engineering Horizons Bursary accolade from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
The scheme – which is in its second year – awards students and apprentices undertaking either an engineering degree programme or an apprenticeship.
The £1,000 annual sponsorship lasts for up to four years and winners benefit from mentoring as well as work experience placements.
Katriya – who will formally receive the award at the IET in London later this month – said: “I’m incredibly pleased to receive the bursary as it’s a good opportunity to get my voice heard whilst also getting some help settling into Oxford. I found out about it in December.
“I went through applying online for bursary, there seemed to be apprentices at lots of other companies doing the same. I had to state why I had chosen to do an apprenticeship, what I enjoyed the most about it, and what my future plans were.
“The bursary will help me with the various costs during my apprenticeship. As part of the ongoing support from the IET, I will be giving them updates throughout the year about my work.”
She added: “What I enjoy the most about being an apprentice based at Culham and the OAS Training Centre is that it’s different every day.
“As an apprentice, I feel that I have the freedom to be able to study and work. It’s not like at sixth-form where you feel you are on a single track, and thinking the next step is university followed by a job. Each day is just very different.”
John Hill, UKAEA apprentice manager, said: “It’s always a pleasure to see a young person progress through an apprenticeship. Katriya has done extremely well to be recognised by the IET and we’re very pleased for her achievement.”
The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries.