A YOUNG engineering apprentice from York has achieved a fourth accolade this year, winning one of the rail industry’s most coveted awards.

The ‘Rail Staff’ Apprentice of the Year title has been presented to Rebecca Munro, who is a Technician Permanent Way Engineer at Mott MacDonald in York.

She won the award at a ceremony at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in front of more than 1,000 guests. Described by the judges as a ‘star of the future’ and a ‘great ambassador for the industry’, Miss Munro, who is currently studying at Leeds College of Building, was one of 20 finalists.

Earlier this year the youngster won ‘Best Apprentice under 25’ at the Women in Construction Awards, which is a ceremony that showcases the brightest and the best female achievers in construction. She has also been named as Leeds College of Building’s ‘Student of the Year’ winning the Governors’ Student of the Year Award at the college’s annual prize giving ceremony this summer, in front of more than 300 people at Leeds Town Hall.

In addition, she was also crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the National BTEC Awards this summer, which recognises students for their achievements in skills-based learning.

Miss Munro beat hundreds of students to achieve overall winner in the BTEC Apprentice of the Year (16-18 year old category). She was presented with her award at a Parliamentary reception at the House of Commons, followed by an award ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

Miss Munro said: “I can’t wait to continue building on my engineering career while also helping to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects to other young people.”