Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Awards 2018
Hosted by The Business Magazine, the inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award was held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park in Coventry in October 2018.
Holding the event at the MTC created a lot of interest and all the guests, as well as the apprentices, were given the opportunity of a guided tour of the purpose-built facility. Established in 2015, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is a state-of-the-art training centre on the MTC campus that is making a significant contribution towards solving the skills shortages which have been prevalent in manufacturing for many years. It was designed to help create a new generation of engineers and technicians, equipped with the advanced manufacturing skills of the future.
After a welcome from Peter Laurie, head of client relations at The Business Magazine, Christian Warden, head of skills at the MTC, gave everyone a insight into the aim of the MTC in providing a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. Warden also touched upon the centre being an approved Department of Education training provider and a flagship facility for the advanced apprenticeship programme. Apprentices learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive manufacture, laser machining and welding; and they are able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements.
After the guided tours were completed a buffet lunch was on hand to allow guests time to network with each other and importantly the chance for the apprentices to meet one another.
The time was then reached to find out who was the winner of this year’s award from the impressive list of nominations submitted from a cross-section of manufacturing businesses across the south – see details below.
- Abbi Fisher, BAE Systems plc