Thomas Sutherland named 2019 IET Apprentice of the Year

25 October 2019

Hardware Engineer, Thomas Sutherland, was named the IET's 2019 Apprentice of the Year Award last night, after being selected as the winner from some of the country's top young engineering talent.

The IET awards celebrate the achievements of the most outstanding engineers and technologists, acknowledging the talent of exceptional apprentices, technicians and young professionals. The prizes recognise individuals who stand out from their peers and have made noteworthy achievements in their area of expertise. In particular, they identify individuals who are role models to others and are passionate about promoting engineering to the world.

In the summer of 2019, Thomas completed his Technical Apprenticeship with Leonardo and now works on the Eurofighter Typhoon Radar integrating current and next-gen systems. To date, he has received multiple performance awards for his work and was named the Leonardo Apprentice of the Year in 2018.

After senior management identified both his technical and leadership talents, he secured sponsorship for University and was placed on a bespoke development plan accelerating him to engineering leadership roles. Thomas has been involved in over 25 individual STEM events and is the current Treasurer and Co-Chair for the IET Scotland South East Young Professionals Committee.

Speaking about his award win, Thomas said: “It’s honestly crazy – watching all the finalist presentations and the introductions to each of us with the build-up was mad. I am speechless and it feels very special. My Mum was in the audience and got to see me win.”

Commenting on his award, Cathy Cunningham, VP Resourcing (UK) said: “It is particularly gratifying to see Thomas Sutherland win this prestigious national award, as I’ve seen how he has challenged himself to grow professionally and academically over the course of his apprenticeship. We are all tremendously proud of his achievement and he really does prove that applying yourself and maintaining the right attitude can bring you great success. We’re looking forward to seeing how Thomas will continue to thrive on the Eurofighter programme in the future.”

There was further success for Leonardo at the awards, where Harry Sherwood was a runner-up in the IET Technician of the Year competition. Harry, who became a systems technician following completion of his technical apprenticeship in summer 2019, has gained wide experience across the company since joining in 2015, and has also taken a leading role in organising and attending many of Leonardo's STEM events to inspire the next generation into engineering. Harry is currently studying for a BSc in Engineering with Management whilst continuing his work on new technological projects that protect aircrews and ensure the safety of aircraft around the world.