Geoff Ford Apprentice Award sponsored by Gateshead College

Winner – Kaylee McNally, Engineering/Technical Apprentice, Arlington Automotive

Kaylee has exceeded all academic expectation and has great aspirations for the future, wanting to complete a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and to become a Charted Engineer. She is learning to manage her own tool designs within the NPI team and working directly with toolmakers during design reviews and trials. This requires knowledge in everything from design through to manufacture as well as the theory of press tools. It is rare to see such maturity, understanding and confidence at a young age, but this allows Kaylee to adapt to new roles.

Kaylee McNally said: “I am delighted to win the Geoff Ford Apprentice Award. It is great recognition for both myself and Arlington, and hopefully I can continue to keep inspiring young people to work in the automotive industry.”

Award Sponsor Ivan Jepson, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: "We were honoured to sponsor the Apprentice Award in memory of Geoff Ford, who did so much to champion apprenticeships here in the North East. Congratulations to Kaylee who was a worthy winner; she’s not only a fantastic example of someone who is developing a successful career through an apprenticeship but she’s also a tremendous asset to Arlington Automotive. It’s great to see that the company are investing in apprenticeships and that they recognise the value that an apprentice can bring to a business."