The organisers of the PPMA show have announced the call for nominations for the Ones to Watch awards which returns to the 2015 exhibition to recognise the industry’s most talented young engineers.
In an effort to further acknowledge and reward young engineers across the UK’s manufacturing industries, the Ones to Watch Awards will welcome entries from young engineers, under the age of 35, who have been working in the processing and packaging industries for a minimum of 2 years. Entries are welcome from every area of the processing and packaging industry, including robotics, automation and machine vision, and from any discipline including engineering, programming, research and development, marketing or sales.
Sponsored by Festo’s Training & Consulting Division, the 2015 Ones to Watch winner will be chosen by a select group from the PPMA Group Industry awards judging panel and for the first time, young engineers are invited to nominate themselves. All entries, which are free-of-charge, must be supported by a reference from a manager, mentor, employer or business partner.
If you are a young engineer who has designed new technology to increase the efficiency of your production line, or you know a colleague who has won a string of top accounts and improved sales across the business, the PPMA wants to hear from you. Individuals who have shown exceptional entrepreneurship, commitment and diligence within their role make ideal nominees.
Dan Stamp, gold winner of the 2014 PPMA Ones to Watch award and Design Engineer for Kliklok, a global packaging manufacturer, says: “I was delighted to have won the gold award at the PPMA Show’s Ones to Watch awards. Not only is it great to be recognised by a professional body and a panel of industry figures but I believe it helps encourage other young professionals and graduates to take notice of the packaging and processing sectors, and explore what career opportunities it has to offer.
“It does worry me seeing so few young people entering the packaging and processing industry. There are so many interesting challenges that face packaging and processing professionals so it’s great that the PPMA continues to recognise their contribution to the industry, driving awareness for the next generation of engineers.”
Sponsors of the 2015 Ones to Watch, Festo, will provide the top three finalists with a place on its Training & Consulting employee engagement workshop ‘Don’t just feed me chicken’, worth £250. This training course will provide the finalists with a chance to explore the key leadership principles to engage, enable and empower employees by interacting and observing the behaviour of a range of birds of prey at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.
Complimentary training courses
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will also win additional training courses, with the Gold winner receiving a complimentary course worth £5000 from Festo’s Training & Consulting portfolio. Silver and Bronze winners will also receive complimentary training courses worth £1500 and £1000, and will appear in the achievement gallery at the show.
A wide range of training courses is available for selection including people management, organisational management and technical-based programme training – all refined to meet the winners’ business needs and requirements.
Grant Collier, Head of Marketing for the PPMA Group, adds: “We are delighted to welcome back the Ones to Watch awards to the PPMA Show 2015. As a group, we are committed to helping the industry establish solutions to deal with the current manufacturing skills gap and at this year’s show we’ll be focusing on how we can achieve this. As part of this year’s seminar sessions, we’ll be introducing the PPMA BEST initiative – a new charitable trust aimed at recruiting more young people in the industry – and will welcome apprentices from both PepsiCo and Nestle to share their experiences.
“The Ones to Watch is just one strand of a much larger programme to recognise young engineers in the industry and to excite and inspire those considering a career in the packaging and processing industries. We look forward to announcing this year’s Ones to Watch winner at the PPMA Show 2015 in September.”
To make a nomination for the 2015 Ones to Watch awards, please email for further information, or go to www.ppma.co.uk. The winners of this year’s Ones to Watch will be announced at the PPMA show 2015, 29th September–1st October 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.