Leonardo apprentice acknowledged for engineering achievements as IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalist
Sophie Caffrey, an electronics technical apprentice at Leonardo, was last night acknowledged for her engineering achievements as one of six finalists in the 2017 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, hosted by Carol Vorderman.
Sophie joined Leonardo’s apprenticeship programme in 2015, and is currently working in applied research at the company’s Luton site, focusing on new and emerging technologies within defence avionics. She has previously worked in the hardware engineering team, designing and developing schematics and printed circuit boards.
In 2016, Sophie developed a test interface board for a new product, working with Lead and Design Engineers to fulfil the requirements of her internal customers. This board has now been used on trials around the world.
On the academic side of her apprenticeship, Sophie has excelled in her college assignments, and will be starting a part-time degree in electronic engineering. She is also passing her skills and knowledge onto school students, promoting engineering and science in her role as one of the company’s STEM Ambassadors and the Apprentice STEM representative in Luton. She has also delivered career talks and activities for her old Air Training Corps squadron.
Sophie said: "Being a one of six finalists in the YWE Award was great, as it recognises the value of apprenticeships and the apprentices who are working within industry. I’d love to have won, but being in the company of such a talented group of young women engineers was a tremendous honour, and I’ve very much enjoyed the whole process."