London Taxis International is celebrating after one of its bright young sparks was named EEF Apprentice of the Year.

Sophia Lock was named national winner at an awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

After completing a foundation year of training, Sophia spent three years of in-company training at the Midland Group Training Centre in Coventry where she developed her practical skills.

Peter Shillcock, managing director of Coventry-based LTI, said: “Being short-listed as one of the six national finalists was a great achievement in itself, but to going on to win the title is wonderful news for Sophia and all at LTI.”

Coventry-born Sophia, aged 24, recently visited China to assist with LTI’s joint venture with Chinese car manufacturer Zhejiang Geely. During her visit she saw the pre-production build for the manufacture of taxis in China and assisted with problem-solving.

Sophia is passionate about changing attitudes towards engineering and encouraging more young women to consider the industry, which she finds rewarding, enjoyable and flexible.

“We as engineers have an obligation to the profession and to our society to encourage girls and boys to pursue careers in engineering and technology to ensure we have a high-performance and diverse workforce,” she said. “After all the UK is famous for having the best engineers world-wide.”