Bright spark apprentice technician at ABB wins IET award for his contribution to wind energy project


Josh Barber with his award and certificate.
Josh Barber with his award and certificate.

A Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) apprentice has been awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) annual Apprentice and Technician of the Year Awards.

Apprentice Josh Barber, aged 22 from Clayton, is currently undertaking a higher level apprenticeship at NULC in Engineering and is completing his work placement at the pioneering technology leader, ABB, based in Stone.

Josh was chosen as Apprentice of the Year from a shortlist of three for his outstanding work on a client’s wind farm grid connection project.

His cost-saving redesign for a supplies pillar-marshalling kiosk layout to improve safety, efficiency and reduce installation errors won approval from senior engineers, his supervisors and ABB’s customers, and has now been adopted by the company as standard.

As part of his role as an Apprentice Circuit Engineer at ABB, Josh supports ABB’s Schools Support Programme, coordinates industry days and volunteers at events and career days, and has given presentations on ABB’s work to scholars, students, the local community and MPs.
Josh received a prize consisting of a trophy, certificate, £1,000 and two years free IET membership.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, said:

“We’re really proud of Josh. What an amazing achievement. The standard of this year’s entries was higher than ever and it is clear that even to be shortlisted Josh clearly demonstrated vast skills and knowledge of the Engineering industry through his studies with us. Josh was awarded Apprentice of the Year by the IET not just for his outstanding work, but for also being a role model to future generations of engineering apprentices. We know that Josh has a very bright future ahead of him and wish him continued success in his career.”


Josh, said:

“It means so much to win this award and get recognition from the Institution of Engineering and Technology for my work. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have achieved this without the support from ABB who have given me the opportunity and the confidence to deliver the work which won the award. Winning this award goes to show what you can achieve as an apprentice, learning engineering skills within a business and making a difference to a business.”

The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.