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A self-confessed teenage tearaway who turned her life around with an engineering apprenticeship has made the finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.
At the Yorkshire and Humber regional ceremony in Leeds, Rebecca was named winner in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category, which recognises exceptional contribution to a workplace. She will now compete for the national award in November.
Rebecca, from Sheffield, who is in the second year of a technical support apprenticeship at the AMRC Training Centre, is employed by the University of Sheffield AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) based at Factory 2050.
Rebecca’s main focus at IMG is computer-aided design, business improvements and maintenance in the workshop. She also manages the 3D printer to ensure everything operates efficiently which prolongs the life of the machine.
With support from the training centre, Rebecca secured a place with the Integrated Manufacturing Group at Factory 2050, the place where digital meets manufacturing.
James Lindsay, IMG Project Engineer, said Rebecca is a very worthy winner, “We are all incredibly proud of her and what she’s achieved. She has the right attitude, passion and commitment we value.”
Rebecca isn’t the only AMRC Training Centre apprentice to reach the regional finals – Oliver Marsh, a process technician among the first to complete a higher apprenticeship scheme at the training centre, also made the cut in 2018 and made it to the national finals.
Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, at the Education and Skills Funding Agency said the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate all that is exceptional about apprenticeships. “The regional stages of the competition is an exciting time for employers, apprentices, individuals and stakeholders who all recognise the importance of skills to help our economy to thrive and grow locally, regionally and nationally.”
“Congratulations to everyone involved in the regional ceremonies – the winners, those that were highly commended, sponsors and hosts. I know judges had a difficult time selecting winners – the depth and breadth of applications was astonishing and I look forward to seeing who wins across the English regions.”
The national ceremony will be held on Wednesday 19 November.
Image provided by AMRC
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