Leonardo’s Lisa engineers SDS Apprentice of the Year Award

Lisa Daniel – SDS Apprentice of the Year Award winner

Edinburgh College engineering apprentice Lisa Daniel has won an Apprentice of the Year Level 4 Award from Skills Development Scotland. Lisa, who works for engineering and technology firm Leonardo in Edinburgh as a quality assurance technician, won for her exceptional levels of commitment and professionalism.

Lisa was one of three finalists to reach the final stages of the competition. She was nominated due to the impact she made in Leonardo’s Quality Department within a very short period.

When Lisa first joined Leonardo in September 2013, she began three-month rotations through the organisation’s apprenticeship programme. This saw her working in a range of departments from Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Radar Test and Electrical Computer Aided Design to Quality.

Her manager, Mike Lees, head of Quality Assurance, said: “We’re proud of Lisa and we’re delighted she has won this award. She conducts herself with great maturity and demonstrates Leonardo’s values in all of her work. She is thoughtful and takes time to reflect before taking action and is also able to adapt to changing environments and situations.

“Importantly, Lisa drives her own career development and is hungry to contribute even more. Her customer awareness, teamwork and coaching skills show the first signs of leadership characteristics which are way beyond what I could have expected from someone who is at such an early stage of her career. It all appears to be so natural or effortless to her.”

Lisa spent a day a week at Edinburgh College and four days working at Leonardo, and has now completed her apprenticeship.

She said: “I’m really proud of my accomplishment and I’m looking forward to my future within Leonardo.

“Being able to learn theoretical knowledge at college and put it into practice in the workplace has proved to be very beneficial. Having college and work combined cemented a lot of the knowledge I gained through college and aided my learning experience. Towards the end of my apprenticeship, the workload for college was quite high and it was challenging since I was still working, but once I received my certificate it made all the hard work worth it.”