BT apprentice wins award for inspiring next generation of engineers and scientists

Laura HarveyLaura Harvey - a higher apprentice at BT Innovate and Design (BTID) - has been recognised for her work enthusing young people to take up careers in science and technology.

Based at BT’s Suffolk R&D campus at Adastral Park, she works on the software engineering apprenticeship.

But she also regularly returns to her old schools to give talks and raise awareness of career opportunities that don’t involve going to university.

It was this work that was recognised by STEMNET – a government–backed organisation that creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

And in a recent visit to the House of Lords, she was named ‘Most Inspirational Technician’ at the STEMNET Annual Awards in recognition for her work in encouraging the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“I’m thrilled to have won this award,” said Laura, “but the thing that really excites me is talking to young people about this fantastic industry.

“There are so many opportunities to have a rewarding career – I just want people to know about it,” she said.

Last year, BT was Highly Commended in the ‘Most Committed Employer’ category for its work on IT Ambassadors and supporting people in the company to become STEM ambassadors.

Karl Penaluna, BTID president, global networks and systems said Laura’s success at this year’s award is yet another sign of BT’s commitment to encourage young people to turn towards science and technology.

“Not only has Laura added to our success last year at the STEMNET awards, she has been a brilliant volunteer since she joined BTID.

“She helps out at many events working with and inspiring young people - especially young women - about careers in science and technology. I applaud her work,” he said.