Festo saw their engineering apprentice Olivia Harrison-Hine win apprentice of the year at the prestigious PPMA Group industry awards ceremony held in the National Conference Centre, Birmingham 26 September 2023.

The PPMA (processing and packaging machinery association) saw Northamptonshire local Olivia, up against several other apprentices of exceptional quality and skill but managed to shine bright and scoop the coveted award.

Olivia, 21 from Wellingborough recently gained a distinction in her HNC, demonstrating a constantly improving skill set and leadership potential beyond her years.

One of the qualities that caught the judges eyes was Olivia’s eagerness to ‘give back’ and help usher in the next generation of young engineers; achieving this by running stalls and engaging in STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Maths) activities at her previous school and in the local community.

Olivia said, “I am incredibly honoured to have been awarded the prestigious PPMA’s Apprentice of the Year Award. This recognition means the world to me, and I cannot express how grateful I am for this award. I owe this achievement to the unwavering support and guidance of my amazing colleagues and my manager at Festo. When I joined the company, I felt like I was part of a family that was genuinely invested in my growth and development. They have been my mentors, advocates, and friends, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. Festo has been the nurturing ground for my professional journey, where my confidence has grown, and my skills have been honed through diverse and challenging projects. I am truly fortunate to have worked on such a wide array of projects. This experience has not only enriched my knowledge but has also allowed me to contribute meaningfully to the success of our company. I am excited to continue my journey with Festo, inspired by this recognition, and committed to giving my best to the team and the industry. Once again, thank you to everyone at Festo who has played a part in my growth and to PPMA for this incredible honour. I am happy to be a part of such a remarkable community that values and nurtures the future generation of engineers!

To find out more about PPMA visit ppma.co.uk

To learn more about Festo visit Festo.com

Photography L-R Richard Little, PPMA Show Director. Olivia Harrison-Hine, James Causebrook, PPMA Chairman


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