The Dorset-based leading manufacturer of o-rings and seals is celebrating after being announced as a finalist in the SME Investment in Skills category at The SEMTA Skills Awards 2019.

Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, the SME Investment in Skills Award acknowledges the investment made in skills in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. The winner of this category will recognise a company that invests in the training and development of its workforce, which has had a significant impact on both the workforce and the business.

The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA), is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors. SEMTA’s aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers, drive excellence in STEM teaching and align further education with industry needs. The Awards celebrate the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing, highlighting the champions of one of the UK’s most important economic sectors.

The finalists of The SEMTA Skills Awards 2018 were announced on Monday December 17, with a total of 24 finalists across eight categories revealed. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in March 2018 in London, which will see Steph McGovern, BBC journalist, presenter and engineering advocate, join the event as the keynote speaker.

On being named a finalist, Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior, said: “We’re really pleased to have reached the finals and it’s great to be acknowledged for our strategy on investment in skills. We’re excited to welcome the SEMTA film crew in January, as part of the next steps in the award entry process, to be used in the second round of judging with the industry panel.

“Superior works hard to engage with the local area and raise awareness of careers in STEM. Earlier this year, we were appointed by the National Apprenticeship Service to head up the Dorset and Solent Young Ambassador Apprentice Network (YAAN), a network dedicated to promoting apprenticeships in the region and sharing best practice.”

Superior has its own company-run Apprenticeship Academy on-site, offering apprenticeships to students as young as 16, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. All apprentices are given the opportunity to gain a degree.

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