Pioneering apprentice wins top accolade

High flyer: Undergraduate apprentice Devon Sumner, from Doncaster, has gained a pioneering success by winning a top engineering award.
High flyer: Undergraduate apprentice Devon Sumner, from Doncaster, has gained a pioneering success by winning a top engineering award.
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AN apprentice aerospace engineer from Doncaster has won a top engineering award for her work with aerospace manufacturer Airbus UK.

Former Hayfields School student Devon Sumner was one of the first people to join Airbus’s pioneering Undergraduate Apprenticeship scheme and has been urging others to follow her lead by studying for a degree while earning up to £12,700 and having their fees paid by their employer.

Now, the 21-year-old, who works for Airbus Operations in Flintshire, has been named winner of the EEF Wales award for Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice for her enthusiasm, drive and ambition.

During her first year as an Undergraduate Apprentice, Devon has gained distinctions in all the modules of her Foundation Degree and an overall distinction after achieving average marks of 84 per cent.

Judges were also impressed by the way Devon refused to let personal difficulties, including the loss of close family members and moving from the family home in Doncaster to North Wales affect her performance at work.

Devon received her award at a ceremony at the Orangery, Margam Park, Port Talbot, attended by the Deputy Minister for Skills in Wales, Jeff Cuthbert.

Airbus runs one of the UK’s largest apprenticeship schemes.