When the judges sat down to decide who would be the Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year in 2014, they found it really hard to pick one winner from the 12 shortlisted entries with so many inspiring stories and evidence of hard work. In the end, one winner just wasn’t enough and it was decided there would be a top three – with two entrants coming second and third.
Georgina Taylor was one of the apprentices whose entry encouraged the judges to add the second and third places with her quirky video and her story of returning to education after initially dropping out of the more academic route.
She was pleased to hear she had won second place, ‘I was really excited and quite surprised too. When I got the email, I instantly said to my colleague, look, look!’
A deserving winner she is too; she’s on target to achieve top grades this year and has been given extra responsibility by her employers SMS Electronics. Georgina really embodies the values the Hotcourses Apprentice of the Year award seeks to celebrate and the judges picked up on this too, ‘We like that she is representing women in science and we were impressed with her unique video showing creativity. We think Georgina is an excellent role model for other young women who might be considering apprenticeships,’ said the MD of Hotcourses, Mark O’Donoghue.
While it’s common to find women in a whole host of occupations they might not have been in a hundred years ago nowadays, engineering isn’t the typical choice for most females in the education system, so Georgina is an inspiring example for girls who might want to try something a bit different, ‘I did find it difficult because I had never done engineering before and I only had experience working in shops so it was very different. I’m kind of strange though; I really like maths and I wanted to do something practical, so engineering seemed ideal.’
She’s got advice for those considering apprenticeships as well, ‘I would suggest they definitely have a look and see if there’s anything similar out there to what they’d like to do in the future. You’re definitely going to get the experience you need for work this way so for anyone a bit unsure, I’d say go for it!’
And what does the future hold for this dedicated apprentice? ‘I’d really like to become a chartered engineer. That’s professional status for an engineer and I’d really like to make it to the top! You have to aim high don’t you?’
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves – congratulations Georgina!
Jade will talk your ear off about rowing if you let her. She studied an MA and NCTJ diploma in Journalism at Brunel but her course-taking didn't stop there, having tried a number of different subjects since working here, even magic. Whether you're an expert who wants to share their knowledge, a student who's had a great experience or you just want to say hi, she'd love you to get in touch through our social media pages.