North-east woman named UK’s best engineer

Judition Mair, centre, with TV presenter Steph McGovern, left, and Semta's CEO Ann Watson.

A North-east engineer has been crowned Britain’s best at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Judith Mair, 21, who works for Rolls-Royce in Derby, received a standing ovation from more than 500 luminaries from the world of engineering at the Semta Skills Awards 2018 in London.

Judith also won the Apprentice of the Year award category, sponsored by MBDA UK Ltd.

She said: “I am humbled and honoured to be named Best of British Engineering. I don’t feel I deserve it because there are so many others out there who work hard for their companies.

“I am in shock.”

Judith, from Portknockie near Buckie, left school uncertain of her future and possible career choices.

Within three years, she has rapidly developed the necessary skills to successfully act as Non-Destructive Testing site controller, demonstrating advanced competencies with an exceptional enthusiasm and commitment to learn and improve.

Throughout her apprenticeship she has consistently excelled on placements and is predicted to achieve a First-class degree.