Amy scoops an award for her hard work

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An apprentice has scooped an award for her hard work at a St Leonards firm.

Amy West, based at VG Scienta Ltd in Maunsell Road, won the GTA England Engineering and Construction Apprentice of the Year Award 2014.

She was presented with her award by Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, at the Houses of Parliament.

The ceremony was part of the Group Training Associations (GTA) annual conference and 50th anniversary celebratory event.

Amy was nominated for this award by SIGTA, VG Scienta’s Sussex-based apprenticeship partner and was one of many hundreds of apprentices from across England competing for the prize.

During the award ceremony, Amy joined three other talented finalists, each recognised for their contribution to their employers.

Amy, who lives in Battle, started her apprenticeship with VG Scienta Ltd in 2012.

She spent time in each department gaining an understanding of high tech manufacturing processes and best practice product design. During her training within the sales and marketing department, Amy displayed a natural aptitude for graphic design, which coupled with her developing engineering skills helped create a product offering and brand new company profile which has been adopted across the entire Scienta group of companies in the UK, Sweden and USA.

Amy said: “My apprenticeship has inspired me and I would strongly encourage anyone who wants a challenging and exciting career to follow the same direction.”

Caroline Knight, HR manager at VG Scienta, said: “We are all enormously proud of our apprentices, who are doing extremely well and really contribute to the business and Amy has excelled and deserves the credit she has been afforded. She has become a confident and resourceful part of the VG Scienta team and will go from strength to strength. We are continuing to support her with further studies for her development within the marketing role.”