Apprentice of the Year among three new award categories in 2021.

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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Society Safety and Sustainability awards.

Recognising excellence in engineering, the Safety and Sustainability awards gives members the opportunity to nominate in nine separate categories that celebrate successes in safety and sustainability across the road transport, plant, environmental and engineer surveying sectors.

Part of the Society’s long-term vision for a safe and sustainable engineering profession that is welcome to everyone, the awards will reflect on the work of individuals and groups during what was an extraordinary year for Society members.

Bruce McGill, Society Chief Executive, said: “Over the past year we have heard of many outstanding achievements from members of the Society in all of our professional sectors. Now, we get the chance to recognise those accomplishments, of which there are many, and celebrate the expertise, endeavour and talent of Society members.”

Three new awards will be handed out in 2021 to complement our existing categories. Apprentice of the Year is open to promising and talented rising stars of the industry who strive for knowledge and are willing to dedicate time and energy to learning. Those who inspire others to consider apprenticeships or who act as an ambassador for the engineering profession could win this award. Leading transport operator in the UK and North America, First Bus, will sponsor the award.

Open to companies which invest in people development and promoting a culture of inclusion, the Employer of the Year award is also new for 2021. A company that pays for its employees’ membership or registration, offers irtec as a career progression scheme or offers a compelling apprenticeship programme, should be nominated for this award. The company must have in place policies that focus on increasing diversity amongst employees - a sustainable way of managing their workforce and increasing talent pool.

Previous awards returning in 2021 include sector categories Engineer Surveyor of the Year, Road Transport Engineer of the Year and Plant Engineer of the Year. Added to the list will be an award for our new sector, Environmental Engineer of the Year. Candidates should embrace the core pillars of sustainability through planning, design, production, delivery, and the long-term environmental benefits gained through use, introduction of policies or managerial practices. Maintaining and improving environmental performance is key, as is complying with environmental regulations and recommendations. This award is sponsored by Atlas Copco, a manufacturer of industrial tools and equipment.

The popular Sir Moir Lockhead Safety award, open to candidates in the areas of safety initiatives or innovation, safety invention or for safety leadership, returns in 2021, as does the Volunteer of the Year and Region of the Year awards.

Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer DAF is the headline sponsor (and sponsor of the Sir Moir Lockhead award), while FCL, MCP, and HSB Engineering Insurance are all confirmed as award sponsors.

For more information on the awards, including a full list of categories, go to:

The deadline for entries is 20 August.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Patrycja Plawna, our Events Stakeholder Coordinator, at: [email protected] or: +44 (0)7535 651 167.

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