Apprentice earns national manufacturing award

Techni-Grind Machining apprentice Benjamin Farnsworth has taken home gold at the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards, held in London.

Benjamin FarnsworthThe 20-year-old from Clitheroe was winner of the Outstanding Performance by a First Year Apprentice Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment. Ben completed his first year of training at BAE Systems on the employee ownership scheme and is now working towards a Higher National Certificate.

Pavandeep Bhogal, aged 22 and from Preston, was also rewarded for his hard work. The BAE Systems apprentice was highly commended in the Outstanding Performance by a Final Year Apprentice Award, also sponsored by JAM Recruitment.

The two apprentices were joined in their winning streak by Crown Paints, a Darwen-based paint manufacturer. The company was highly commended in the Environmental Efficiency Award, sponsored by ENER-G. This award goes to manufacturers deemed to have done the most to improve their environmental performance.

The trio were selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and were up against tough competition from a range of dynamic apprentices and businesses, small and large, from across the UK.

Benjamin Farnsworth says: “As a first year apprentice this award is like the icing on the cake. I’ve learnt valuable skills that have set me on the path of an interesting and rewarding career - to receive this recognition on top is just brilliant.”

Pavandeep Bhogal says: “I’m delighted to have been highly commended, especially after being up against some other incredibly talented and dedicated apprentices. After meeting them and seeing my own success I would have no hesitation in urging other young people to become an apprentice in manufacturing.”

Mark Lloyd, sustainability manager at Crown Paints, says: “There are so many fantastic manufacturers in the UK – to be highly commended for this national award is a massive compliment and a huge achievement for our staff.”

John Morris, CEO of JAM Recruitment, says: “The fact that there are three winners from this region is testament to the strength of Lancashire’s manufacturers. “Apprenticeships put young people on a valuable and exciting path that sets them on course for a successful career in the future. Not only is there the opportunity to earn while you learn, but in manufacturing in particular you are working in an industry that is the lifeblood of the UK economy.”