ATG Access’s mechanical engineering apprentice, Rebecca Roberts, has been named the Institute of Mechanical Engineering’s Merseyside and North Wales Regional Most Improved Apprentice 2021, for her outstanding work at the Haydock-based physical security manufacturer.
Since joining ATG Access four years ago, Rebecca has thrown herself into every possible development opportunity, above and beyond her apprenticeship role. She has focused on becoming multi-skilled, including qualifying to drive a forklift truck, taking a side interest in the ATG design process, and spending time in the mechanical design team, all driven by her own curiosity and tenacity.
The skills and knowledge gained from taking part in these extra projects allowed Rebecca to join a team travelling to Qatar, overseeing the assembly of anti-terror bollards. The project was the largest automatic bollard project supplied by ATG Access, involving 257 units. Rebecca worked on-site alongside ATG’s local representative, ensuring that products supplied were correctly assembled and fit for installation.
The IMechE recognises exceptional engineering students in order to demonstrate the key role that engineers play in society. Judges said that Rebecca’s nomination stood out because of her clear ability and innate passion for engineering.
Matthew Sandison, operations manager at ATG Access said: “Rebecca’s contribution to the business as been invaluable, she is able to turn her hand to anything she is asked to do, and always with a smile on her face. She has adapted perfectly to the fast-paced environment and quickly become a core member of the team”.
“Her enthusiasm and curiosity for engineering have enabled her to develop a range of skills, playing a pivotal role in a number of projects including the complex assembly of a bespoke product designed for a high-profile, governmental installation in Europe, which Rebecca helped the deliver from design through to site implementation and test.
“Rebecca is very focused, having wanted to be an engineer since she was six; now, a credit to ATG Access. We are delighted to have such a competent female engineer to inspire our future apprentices”.