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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Apprentice of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:22 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 21 September 2018

Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year


We reveal the winner of this year’s Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET)

On the evening of Thursday September 20, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the fourth annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The glittering black tie ceremony celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET).

The finalists are:

Daniel Bryan, Delphi Technologies, Stonehouse

Daniel arrived at Delphi Technologies in 2015, having completed an excellent first foundation year and stood out immediately with his standard has never faltering.

At the end of his first six month secondment, the performance report prepared by the Production Manager and Principal Engineer recorded their astonishment at the way in which he had adapted into the department, totally immersed himself in the task of understanding extremely difficult manufacturing engineering systems, while challenging experienced engineers with suggestions of how to improve the departmental processes further that absolutely belied his age and experience.

Delphi Technologies actively encourages apprentices to continue learning and development activities post-apprenticeship, and Daniel anticipates hopes to continue to increase his skill set.

Chris Perrett, Renishaw PLC, Wotton-under-Edge

From the beginning of Chris’ apprenticeship, he has gone above and beyond what is expected of an apprentice at this stage is his career. After succeeding in his first placements, he was chosen to move into a more challenging role within manufacturing which has exposed him to the development side of engineering.

He is very keen to offer ideas for improvements to the apprenticeship scheme so that current and future apprentices can get the best experience from their placements.

A Renishaw apprenticeship comes with over 30 years of experience and commitment in training and developing people as part of an award winning scheme. In September Chris will start his HNC/HND in electrical and electronic engineering and wants to pursue a career in this area.

And the winner is...

Liam Taylor, Safran Landing Systems, Gloucester

Liam joined the A330 Main Landing Gear Project Team three years ago and has proved to be an excellent addition to the team in many ways - making a valuable contribution to key design meetings and always happy to help more ‘senior’ members of the team with the complex IT systems operated by the company.

His attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality work has led to further opportunities and is currently re-designing the main Landing Gear Axle which has received excellent feedback on the draft drawing and model, and has been accepted for manufacture.

The Apprenticeship scheme at Safran Landing Systems is a structured, program offering individuals an opportunity to undertake a higher or advanced apprenticeship. Liam completed his apprenticeship in April 2018 completing Level 3 Technical Certificate, Level 3 NVQ and Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering and has started a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.


To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.

Were you at the awards? Tweet us your pictures @cotsbusiness #CotswoldEMI

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