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Innovative Mechanical Engineering Design Helps Jasmine Win Apprentice of the Year

14 May 2018

Jasmine Coaker, a second year mechanical engineering apprentice with SEA, has been announced as the winner of the Apprentice of the Year award at the annual North Devon Manufacturer’s Association Awards 2018.

Jasmine is part of a successful apprenticeship programme that has been running at SEA’s Barnstaple facility for over 30 years, welcoming students from a multitude of engineering disciplines.

After joining SEA as a second-year apprentice, Jasmine embraced the role with great maturity and professionalism. Learning new skills in a new environment can be difficult for the most qualified of employees but Jasmine has proved to be a valued and integral part of the Engineering team. Jasmine was nominated for the award by a panel of her mentors and peers.

She used her design initiative to develop a locking device that will prevent any uncontrolled rotation of reeler drums when handling a loaded reel for manufacturing, transportation or deployment purposes. The device will not only reduce the risk of damage to high-value products during transportation, but also have a positive effect on health and safety by reducing the potential risk of injury.

Jasmine designed the locking device using 3D CAD Software and under supervision, she manufactured the first prototype. To further improve her design, Jasmine used the vast knowledge held within SEA to gather feedback from engineers, technicians and operatives. This business improvement had a positive impact for Jasmine, including the fulfilment of her BTEC L3 Diploma Project requirements.

SEA supports Apprentices through each stage of the four-year scheme and is delighted Jasmine has won the award.

Apprentice Mentor James Knibbs said “Jasmine has embraced this challenge well and she has far-exceeded expectations. With hard work and good commitment, Jasmine is now well-positioned to receive a high final mark in her BTEC L3 Diploma. Jasmine has also become a key team member, fitting in well with all working groups across the business. She is well-deserving of this award and as a company; SEA is incredibly proud of her and wish her well in the next stages of her apprenticeship.”

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