The Roger Lyon Apprentice of the Year Award

Open award for members and non-members 

Award criteria

Purpose: To recognise the best BINDT apprentice.

Details of the award: The award will consist of a certificate backed by cash for £300, an invitation to the NDT Annual Conference Dinner and one night’s accommodation. 

Eligibility: An NDT apprentice who has completed their end-point assessment (EPA) through BINDT.
Nomination arrangements: All apprentices, of Operator, Technician and Engineer level apprenticeships, will be automatically shortlisted for this award once they have passed their BINDT end-point assessment.
Using the EPA scoring sheets, the prize will be automatically awarded to the highest scoring apprentice. Any top scores that are tied would be referred to the Education and Professional Development Committee (EPD) to decide the winner.
They could then attend the conference, at their employer’s cost, or the exhibition, which is free of charge.
Awarding arrangements: 
The certificate and cheque would be awarded to the winner, at their choice of either the CM or NDT Annual Conference Dinner.

Committee: Education and Professional Development Committee.


2022/2023 winner: Joseph Brown

The Roger Lyon Apprentice of the Year Award for 2022/2023 has been won by Joseph Brown.

Joseph Brown started an NDT Engineer Level 6 degree apprenticeship in 2018 with Rolls-Royce plc after achieving A-levels in maths, physics and biology. Through this, he achieved a First-Class BEng (Hons) in non-destructive testing from the University of Northampton and PCN Level 2
in ultrasonics 3.1/3.2, phased array, eddy current, penetrant testing and magnetic particle testing. He achieved a distinction overall in the apprenticeship, completing the end-point assessment in late 2022.

Joseph is currently an NDE Development Engineer at Rolls-Royce Submarines within the services function at IMRS. His job includes the development of new procedures and the improvement of current procedures, ranging from phased array conversions to whole new procedures for new build components. His time is split between procedure development and working away on the submarines at various naval bases across the country, as well as supporting new build inspections at suppliers.

Joseph has been a member of the BINDT East Midlands Branch since 2018 and the Early Careers Branch since 2021. Since 2022, he has been registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (MinstNDT).

Past winners:

2018/2019    Douglas O’Hare
2019/2020    Douglas O’Hare
2020/2021    Lisa Grears
2021/2022    Matthew Beecroft

Details of all Institute awards can be found here.