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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017: Apprentice of the Year

PUBLISHED: 12:32 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:14 03 November 2017

Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year


We reveal the winner of this year’s Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by GET

Last night, on November 2, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the third annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards.

The glittering ceremony held at Cheltenham Racecourse 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 the award for Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by GET.

This year’s finalists:

Melissa Hadgkiss, Cranfield Defence and Security, Shrivenham

Melissa is a Level 3 Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professional Apprentice.

She has created an Android app for a cyber research paper. The app tracks the phone owner when they are typing, can detect the angle in which the phone is being held and identify any other apps the user has running. She created the coding and the base of the app and is now day-to-day manager for five computer labs and primary supervisor for work experience.

Her mature attitude and application to her work led to her running and supervising her unit for a week, and has given her valuable management insight.

Michael Parsons, Renishaw Plc, Wotton-under-Edge

Mike is a third-year software apprentice and has worked in three different product visions during his apprenticeship.

His challenge has been to take his knowledge and apply it to different technology, from learning new coding languages, understanding the inner workings of a complex system and applying maths algorithms to engineering problems to find solutions. Each time he rises to the challenge and exceeds expectations.

Currently working in the Neurological Products Division, he is a STEM ambassador for Edward Jenner School in Gloucester and regularly participates in education open days and apprentice open evenings.

Thomas Kier Nicholls, Xylem Dewatering Solutions, Cirencester

Tom has not only learned to competently build the whole range of bare shaft pump assemblies but also designed a complex lifting device for volutes up to 120kg.

Applying excellent project management skills, inventive thinking and engineering insight, the device was introduced, saving labour time and cost and reducing manual handling safety risk.

Thanks to his CAD skills he will be come of the experts in the design and application of industrial dewatering pumps across the globe.

And the winner is...

Jake Weatherley, Gloucestershire Engineering Training, Gloucester

Jake joined GET as a 1st year mechanical maintenance apprenticeship, starting work in a team made up of his teachers and assessors.

In the past three years he has risen to become a competent maintenance engineer and is now the leading authority on maintenance in the team. He has also implemented a robust preventative maintenance programme (PMP) to ensure the smooth-running of all equipment.

He has also learned elebrical maintenance skills, which has steered him into becoming a multi-skilled maintenance engineer. Self-managing, he is hardworking and often puts in extra hours to finish a task.

To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk/2017-finalists/.

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