Cat scoops mechanic award

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A woman motor vehicle apprentice from Duffield has beaten off competition from thousands of entries to scoop a prestigious national industry award.

Catherine Treanor, 19, is an apprentice at Station Garage in Belper and attends Derby College’s Roundhouse campus on day release.

She was highly commended in the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Outstanding Achievers Award for Technical Student in the Light Vehicle category and was presented with her award by the Queen’s cousin HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the IMI headquarters in Hertfordshire.

Catherine was nominated in recognition of the quality of her work at college and her commitment to raising the profile of women working in the motor vehicle industry through a number of industry, college and city-wide events.

She was also chosen to represent Derby College in Germany as part of a European exchange programme and was named Engineering Apprentice of the year at the College’s Peak Awards this summer.

Catherine was accompanied to the awards by Derby College Motor Vehicle Team Manager Matthew Curtis, who nominated her for the award.

Mr Curtis said: “Catherine is a hard working and diligent learner who has devoted her own time outside work and college to raise the profile of women in this traditionally male dominated industry.

“She really deserved this accolade in what was the most hotly contested category of the awards with thousands of nominations from throughout the UK.”

Catherine added: “I was extremely honoured just to be shortlisted and delighted to be highly commended.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet other learners, members of the IMI and of course HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

“Derby College has opened so many new doors for me – including international work experience and the opportunity to represent the college at events to talk about my experiences.”

Only 16 per cent of the motor industry’s workforce in England is female but more than 40 per cent of its customers are women.

The IMI actively promotes the Women and Work funding programme.

Now in its fourth phase, the scheme is designed to encourage employers in England to take advantage of the opportunity to receive funding towards the cost of developing the skills of women in the motor industry. To find out more contact Nicola Hayes at the IMI on 01992 511521.