The recently released shortlist for this year’s EEF and Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards Apprentice category suggests a bright future for the sector, highlighting manufacturing’s brightest emerging talent.
As evidence of skills shortages within the manufacturing sector grows, the importance of attracting young people into the sector becomes ever more critical, and apprenticeships are likely to play a major role in this aim. Recognising this, each year EEF rewards the industry’s newest stars through three national apprentice awards, supported by category sponsor JAM Recruitment.
The category sets out to identify individuals at each stage of the apprenticeship process who have truly proven their worth for their employer by making an outstanding contribution to the business. Previous winners have been chosen for incredible achievements such as designing new management systems, helping to develop training programmes and even taking the Prime Minister on a guided tour of their employer’s Apprentice Academy.
Thankfully, this year’s entries have definitely lived up to their predecessors, with chair of judges for the category, Ed Moss, telling the Liverpool Echo:
“The standard of entries has been higher than ever this year – in the eyes of the judges and the employers who nominated them, these shortlisted apprentices are already winners.”
The inspiring young people on the shortlist represent a variety of different sides of UK manufacturing, from aerospace and automotive engineering to food production and tool-making. These individuals have been hand-picked from apprenticeship programmes at some of Britain’s most renowned companies, including Airbus, Kellogg Co. and Jaguar Land Rover.
One of these budding manufacturers, Rolls-Royce Advanced Technical Apprentice Lewis Barber, spoke to the Derby Telegraph about being nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice Award, commenting:
“The recognition means a lot to me, but more importantly I'm on a career path that I enjoy and where my achievements are being valued. If I can do this then others can too, and I hope it makes other young people think seriously about becoming an apprentice.”
As headline sponsor for the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, Aldermore hopes to hear more from all the nominees in the future and looks forward to hearing which of these impressive young individuals will make it through to the final round of judging in 2015.
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