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 £250, an invitation to the NDT Annual Conference Dinner and one night’s accommodation. 

Eligibility: An NDT apprentice who has completed their end-point assessment 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.

Past winners

2020/2021 winner: Lisa Grears

The Roger Lyon Apprentice of the Year Award for 2020/2021 has been won by Lisa Grears.

Lisa Grears started working at Responsive in 2014 aged 30 and is a part-owner of the company alongside her husband, Lee, and her brother, Rikki. Having previously completed an NVQ in business administration, Lisa decided to further increase her knowledge of non-destructive testing (NDT) and the business she was working within and, in 2017, she began an NDT Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship.

Now aged 37, Lisa has successfully completed the apprenticeship with a distinction and gained three PCN qualifications. A busy mother of three young boys, Lisa had previously considered studying diagnostic radiography and knew she would choose radiography as part of the apprenticeship as it had been a subject of interest for a long time.

Lisa aims to continue gaining experience and to help her colleagues and future apprentices at Responsive. 

Past winners:

2018/2019    Douglas O’Hare
2019/2020    Misha Laughton

Details of all Institute awards can be found here.