Hannah, from Coventry, works as an apprentice for Adient, which supplies seats for one third of the world’s vehicles, designing seating for Land Rover models while also studying for an HND in Art and Design. Hannah applies her knowledge of digital design, embroidery, and pattern cutting to the design of the upholstery. Her tutors say that her commitment to her studies is impressive with a high level of attention to detail and consistent achievement of Distinction grades.
Hannah helps to design vehicle seating from prototype to the build stage, firefighting production problems. Mark Morrison, chief engineer at Adient said, “Hannah has a fantastic work ethic and applies her college learning really well in live work situations. She successfully tackled an issue with seating assembly for Jaguar Land Rover by developing a technical engineering solution that was successfully implemented. We have been so impressed with Hannah that we are investing in her studies, supporting her with time away from the workplace to attend college, and will encourage her to top-up her HND to a degree next year.”
Hannah said, “My enthusiasm for both cars and fashion led me straight from school into a job designing seating for the Land Rover Discovery and Evoque. The HND is very flexible and enables me to focus on textiles for upholstery as well as fashion design. I have been able to combine a creative subject with the development of applied skills within industry. Automotive manufacturers plan production at least five years ahead and I want to stay ahead of trends. Inspired by the Alexander McQueen collection at the V&A, I am focused on innovation and futuristic design styles.
“I am interested in developing new ideas for interiors based on eco-friendly materials and vegan fabrics. At college, I have access to industry standard equipment including over-lockers, lockstitch, buttonhole and zip machines used in the manufacturing of vehicle seating. I am delighted to receive this award and hope to go on to become a manager at Adient in the future.”
Marion Plant, OBE FGCI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “Congratulations to Hannah who has won through against a strong field from across the country. Her story has obviously made an impression with the judges who have recognised her dedication to her subject and passion to succeed in her future career. This is a great accolade for Hannah and a tribute to the commitment of her tutors.”