We're delighted to announce the fantastic three finalists of the EAL-sponsored Award for Technician of the Year

Rob Naylor, Lockheed Martin UK

Andrew Franklin, Perkins Engines Company Ltd

Ethan Davies, Electroimpact UK Ltd

Alison Parkes, EAL Managing Director, said:

"Huge congratulations are in order for each of the Technician of the Year finalists, and I wish them all the very best of luck in the next stage.

"I'm delighted that EAL is sponsoring this award. It's a natural fit, as we provide so many of the qualifications which are used to train high quality technicians across the engineering sector.

"Every projection shows that we need lots more technicians if we're going to meet the skills needs of the engineering sector, and this award is a really good way of publicising the importance of technicians and celebrating the contribution they make."

You can view the full list of finalists here.

The gala dinner awards ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to network with industry stakeholders and share good practice. If you'd like to be involved it's not too late - tables and tickets are available to purchase.

Hosted by BBC Breakfast's Steph McGovern and with key note speaker Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women, the ceremoney will take place on 1st March 2018 at the Park Plaza Westminster, London.

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