A former apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College has received national recognition after making a name for herself in a traditionally male dominated industry.

Sarah Malkin, an engineering apprentice at Babcock has been highly commended in the AoC Student of the Year awards, which aim to celebrate the achievements and successes of exceptional students who stand out from the crowd.

Sarah, age 25, was one of 92 students nominated from across the UK in this year’s awards, with judges singling out Sarah for her commitment to her training.

Sarah, who has since been promoted to Support Engineer, achieved an additional NVQ Level 3 in Welding alongside her apprenticeship, so that she could learn to weld to workshop standards. She also won the Sir Henry Royce Competition in 2015, an MoD competition for engineering excellence and was nominated for a Babcock Ovation Award.

Sarah was also Babcock Donnington first year Apprentice of the Year and second year Apprentice of the Year and won individual awards for outstanding commitment.

Head of Faculty Andrew Cartwright said: “Sarah has really excelled and made a name for herself as a hardworking and outstanding individual.

“She is a great ambassador for women in engineering and a role model for other young women and girls thinking of entering engineering, proving that women can excel in a traditionally male dominated industry. She has a great career ahead of her.”

Sarah said: “I’d encourage more women to get into engineering – it’s a great industry, a great challenge and a great way of pushing yourself forward and proving that you can stand on your own two feet in a male dominated environment.”

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