A GIRL from Frome has won been named as the Most Inspirational Apprentice by a national education charity.
Lauren Hill is an apprentice at the QinetiQ Apprentice Training School at MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, and won the STEMNET award at a ceremony at the House of Lords.
The STEMNET Awards celebrate the individuals and organisations committed to increasing young people's engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
On winning the award Lauren said: "Winning the award for Most Inspirational Apprentice was fantastic, and a great surprise.
"I got involved with QinetiQ's STEM outreach programme in 2010 where we had the chance to interact with local schools and I took part in presenting an engineering challenge to children.
"During the challenge and after it was completed, I really realised how rewarding it was to inspire young people through workshops or activities and wanted to do more. I've since given various careers talks and workshops in local schools, the most recent being a Theory of Flight workshop, and I'm thankful to QinetiQ who have supported me throughout."
Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of STEMNET, said: "STEM subjects are vital for securing the future of our economic prosperity and there are calls across Government, industry and academia for more young people who are conversant, competent or skilled in STEM.
"These awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of everyone dedicated to creating inspiring, challenging and enjoyable opportunities for young people."
The winner in each category receives a trip to CERN in Geneva – home of the Large Hadron Collider – provided by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.