All at DTA would like to say congratulations to Natasha of Dale Power Solutions, Scarborough who has completed her degree with a First Class BEng(Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Natasha celebrated her graduation on Monday and she was presented with the Walter Firth Prize which is awarded to the best student in the field of electronic engineering - another award to add to her collection!
Natasha first found that she had a passion for engineering after she did some summer work at an ice cream parlour. When the machines broke down the staff would wait a long time for someone to come in to repair them. Natasha used her initiative to take the machines apart, fix the problem and put them back together again. With a new passion and the influence of her Dad being an engineer she decided that this is an area that she wanted to pursue and she's never looked back!
Natasha is a great example of the growing number of apprentices nationally who are being supported by their employers to do higher level qualifications as well as gaining invaluable work experience. She started her Advanced Apprenticeship in 2010 and fast-tracked through this in 2 years to progress onto her Higher Apprenticeship which she completed in 2015 to start her degree with Hull University.
Although it's been a long 8 years; Natasha now has no student debts and a full-time job with a prosperous career ahead of her. She is now progressing onto her MSc in Power Distribution Engineering on a part-time basis at Newcastle University; she will completed this in 2020.
Natasha has done both Dale Power Solutions and DTA proud during her apprenticeship; she was named winner of Yorkshire and Humber's Higher Apprentice of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and was crowned Highly Commended in the National Finals for Apprentice of the Year in 2013. These awards have been awarded by the National Apprenticeship Service. She has also won a number of internal DTA Apprentice of the Year Awards.
She is a great role model for young people and shows a different route in gaining a degree and a great career. She is a fantastic ambassador at getting more women in engineering.
We hope that a lot more apprentices in the future will follow on in Natasha's footsteps.